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.
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! 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.