First of all, I have a stockpile of 500 CMC-made and Verbatim-branded MCC03RG20s, 400 Sony branded TYG03s, and 100 Sony-branded YUDEN000T02s. I own two BenQ DW1640s, and two BenQ DW1650s. I just wanted to mention that, so as to eliminate any posts which presume to give me advice as if I were a newbie.
Second, as one who still prefers -R media, I realize that I am something of an anachronism, as it appears to me that most people in the enthusiast community have a preference for +R w/bitsetting. That’s fine, and I’m aware of the sometimes better results people have with +R media, but I still love and prefer my -Rs. Even my old Pioneer DVR-104 can burn 16x -Rs at 2x, and burn them well. So please, no posts about +R in this thread.
Third, I realize that a lot of people feel that 16x media has been a big disappointment, especially when compared to the results they were used to with 8x media. I see scoobiedoobie complaining about CMC MAG AM3s, other people trashing TYG03s, and everyone generally acting like techie luddites, longing for the good old days of 8x media. Well, that’s good and fine, but for those who prefer to purchase their media retail, 16x is where it is at. One day, I’ll give up and just do all my media shopping at Rima, but for now, my primary desire is to understand my choices at the brick and mortar level.
Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, for those of you who do use 16x -R media, what manufacturer/brand combinations have you found to be decent for everyday, non-archival use? Obviously, everyone loves their TYs and their MCCs, but if you can get other media really cheap, which you often can if you know how to shop, what else in your media arsenal do you recommend?
For example, Ritek has a very bad reputation because of the widely reported degradation problems with their 8x -R media (G05). Lots of people run around like chickens with their heads cut off, shouting from the rooftops “Stay away from Ritek! Ritek is evil! When you use Ritek, you’re helping Bin Laden and Al Quaeda! Ritek was used by the Nazis to store their data!” and similar kinds of hysteria. However, I’ve heard almost nothing about the new 16x -R Riteks, coded as RITEKF1, even though the manufacturing process is different. Has anyone given RITEKF1s a real chance? Maxell, Fuji, Office Depot, and a whole bunch of 16x brands use RITEKF1s for their 16x -R media. What are people’s experiences so far?
What about Made in Taiwan SONY16D1s? Sure, we all prefer Sony MIJs, but when it comes to the 100-packs, there have been numerous opportunities to get those for $10 or less. In evaluating “good enough” media that is cheap, how are the MIT 16D1s, which are made for Sony by Daxon?
What about CMC MAG AM3s? Yes, I pay close attention to scoobiedoobie’s laments about the 16x not being up to snuff in comparison to the 8x AE1s, but is it really that bad? Also, are there any brands that seem to get more consistent supplies of CMC-coded media other than HP?
And what’s all this I hear about Optodisc? If it is true that Optodisc has become some kind of secret weapon of quality that no one knows about, what brands can you find Optodisc 16x -R disks under?
Have other people experienced degradation problems with their 16x -R TDK-coded disks, similar to the reports posted here?
Thanks for any comments. Just trying to branch out a bit more with other kinds of media.