I am really getting tired of the apparent downhill trend in blank disc quality with both TY & Falcon. The following scans are from a non approved scanner; but I have found it to be quite consistent over the last couple years, & I also get consistently identical results with my apparently approved Optiarc 7200-a, though always exactly 2 points lower in the score.
All 4 of these scans are the same film, burned on the same burner at 4x.
The first superior scan was done on one of the last of my TDK/Falcons from Meritline (I would give my first born to find more of these!!!)
The 2nd is from a Falcon silver from Supermedia (it was the best of 3 attempts on this media)
The 3rd is a TY- scratch resistant that I just got today from Rima
The 4th is a TY+ that I just got today from Rima. While the scan shows "id n/a" the actual media id is YUDEN000 T03 per an older version of Nero.
My last batch of +'s from Rima were considerably better than this. I'm thinking that one of the issues with the TY's is that they have stopped using spacers in the spindle boxes & the discs are bouncing around during shipment. I actually thought i had ordered tape wrap on the -'s, but no such luck.
I also did get a tape wrap of TY cdr's from Rima at the same time. The scan of the 1st one I burned is quite acceptable (99 score, 99 PIF), though 2 of the PIE spikes are a bit thick I'll take that those #'s any day!
Only caveat with the cdr was it was under an hour.