Har read lots of info on the forum and, hardware wise, if I get a Blu-Ray burner it will be a pioneer. Have been using them for ages. But this thread aint about hardware. It is aboute BD-R media. I need some advice or help with this. What I can understand is that a disc scan with LDC and BIS (using opti drive control) should never average 13 on both of these. Some say LDC max 13 and BIS max 8 .... other say not more than 15 on both. If you go over the media quality aint that good.
Now, I have seen even verbatims and other high quality media scans way over these numbers. Depending on what burner was used, and the burning speed selected when burning the BD-Rs. The problem for me is that the price of quality media like verbatim is high. Most of the time they are two times more expencive per disc compared to cheaper media. It is allso hard to get hold of Blu-Ray for some reason, even though there are a lot of brands out there (or manufacturers who make the discs).
In the past I have burned DVDs from way back when the fastes was 4x burning (i allways used a pioneer burner). And I used maxell, verbatim and other quality media. I even had some cheaper (i guess) ritek DVDs. These DVDs are allmost 10years old now. I have just started and without any problem been reading back over 200 DVDs without any problem what so ever.
This was way back when harddrive where expencive compared to the amount of space you got. The price for a 2Tb drive (before the flooding in thailand) was great, if I recall the numbers right you got two drives that where 2Tb for the same price as 100 BD-R SL-discs and those whould only give you aboutl 2.3Tb of space. I do know that the price of optical media is about twice as high compared to buying harddrives, more or less.
I did solve my problem by getting harddrives instead of opting for blu-ray 3 years ago. This has worked out great with a dockingstation etc. Now prices have come down on Blu-Ray burners, quality of the drives have gone up and this seems to be sorted now.
But the price of media since blu-ray came along hasn't changed a lot, i guess becaus of high production costs and poor media sales, oh we are talking about recordable media. I have allways trusted my pioneer and the media I used for DVD-R burning. But now with BD-R I am not so sure. And it gets a bit scary when you read about so many problems with BD-R compared to DVD-Rs her on the forums and else where. I don't understand why there are so many problem, or is it that HD-DVD would have been a better choise instead of Blu-Ray in terms of production costs and media you can feel safe with and no just go and die after 2-3 years.
The cheap brands that seem to be great are, Falcon and Smartblu. But its hard to find them and you never know becaus even though they have the name, its the mediacode that is important. And as long as they are produced here they seem to be great for cheap media.
The more expencive that seem to be great are, Verbatim. I used to think maxell, taiyo yudens, TDK where great to but I am not so sure any more since it seems a lot of them are outsourcing production to other plants the produce not so good quality and fool you buy using the name. Then you think it's a good media when it's not. Difficult to get the great discs you want.
I was thinking of getting ritek BR2 or BR3 (yes I do know they had problems before but that was probably just a short term thing). And the price of ritek seems to be ok. The question is if they will last, the information I will be putting on them is just standad things, so if they do go bad it's not the end of the world. But I would still get mad if all discs where bad after 3-5 years.
Will media quality ever improve ? seems there is so much problems with Blu-Ray media, even after all this time. I guess the entertainment industry got there way by pushing for blu-ray knowing media would be expencive.
So what do you think I should do, stick with harddrive storage (getting more harddrives) and holding off on buying blu-ray media and wait for qualty to improve.
Or if I do get a pioneer to burn BD-R is the only safe thing verbatim BD-R-SL discs even though they are crazy expencive.