Most would agree with you as there is evidence that errors increase over time and if you start with more, you will reach unreadability sooner.
To clarify something, PIE/PIF are errors that are correctible, PIE are easier and PIF go to a second level of error correction. If they are low enough and readable, the data is played back intact and should look as good as uncorrected data. Keep in mind, this is measured on a unique burner. The next player may not be as good or may be better.
Also, light, humidity, and damage increase these errors. Eventually all the discs we are burning will be unreadable as the errors increase beyond their ability to be corrected.