High Speed CD-RW media (4x-12x) that works well with LiteON drives?

vbimport

#1

Are there any readily available High Speed CD-RW discs (e.g. TDK) that work well at 12x with LiteON CD-RWs?

The Memorex (InfoDisc) 4x-12x CD-RWs work OK in my Teac burner, but don’t fare so well on my LiteON LTR-32123S. They are completely unuseable at 12x, produce C2 errors at 10x, have extremely high C1 error rate at 8x, and have a decent 10-20 avg. C1 error rate at 4x (with C1 max in the 40-60 range).


#2

Please consult the RW media test thread.


#3

Funny you should ask. I was just out looking for some CD-RW media to use with my LTR-48246S just this past weekend. I don’t normally use CD-RW, but I wanted some for testing Nero 6. (It has so many bugs that I anticipate needing to do a lot of testing before I find a stable release, and I didn’t want to needlessly waste discs.)

I set out in search of Verbatim 24x media first, since it has worked well for many people. But I’ve never seen it in a retail store around my area, and its price online has gone up. Several months ago you could get a 10-pack for $9 and free shipping. Now it seems to be going for ~$17 with shipping extra. :frowning:

Therefore, I switched to a backup plan: get 12x discs at a local store. Even that turned out to be nearly impossible. There are very few CD-RW out there period, and what is there is mostly 4x! :eek: Where I could find 12x it was inevitably Memorex crap. :Z

But finally I found some TDK 12x at Best Buy. I didn’t know who made it, but since I didn’t have much choice at that point, I bought it anyway, 10 for $11 (still a little steep, IMO).

It turns out to be made by CMC, and despite my initial disappointment at discovering that, it has been working fairly well. The first burn on a fresh disc gave a flat C1 curve with an average of around 3. Subsequent burns start out with higher levels at the beginning of the burn then flatten out fairly quickly to a lower level for an average of around 6 or 7. I would assume that I am seeing the effects of running OPC, but can’t guarantee that.

I haven’t had any trouble burning or playing these discs on my computer, and I have already gone through about 20 write/erase cycles with no signs of degradation. That might not sound like much, but compared to the 2 cycles I got out of the Memorex/Infodisc disc that came with the burner, it is fantastic. :wink:

cfitz


#4

cfitz
If you see any Imation US RW media, it’s probably Mitsubishi. Not any cheaper than Verbatim though.


#5

Thanks for the tip, rdgrimes.

cfitz


#6

For what it is worth, here is the same disc burned at 10x and 8x:

10x:

8x:

Backing off just a little from its rated 12x speed makes the burns quite good, for CD-RW media. But even the 12x burn I showed earlier is okay for CD-RW media.

cfitz


#7

Wow, that’s better than my CMC CD-R discs. :stuck_out_tongue: And yeah, the Memorex are crap. But LiteON drives especially don’t like it. It burns fine (albeit with high C1 rates) @10x and 12x on other brand drives.


#8

I have been using the Cheap Jensen from circuitcity

mainly for watching movies on them… and they play backedup movies well on my apex ad-1000