I am new to this strange world of cdfreaks and the idea of buying quality media. There is a piece of information I did not see in any of the FAQs: I know what media I want, now how do I buy it?
I have tried to figure this out for myself, but even with a lot of reading I have failed. If the answer is not “go read the FAQ”, I will take what information I get here and write it up into something FAQ-like.
To start, I’ll include two helpful things I have found that most people reading this probably are already aware of. First, a page at videohelp.com that lists what media corresponds to which media code; it is HERE. Secondly, I also found a very informative, and recent, thread right HERE at cdfreaks that discusses what mediacodes mean.
- [li]Question 1) As an example, I did some research, and asked a question here at cdfreaks, and I have decided I want to buy some MCC 02RG20 or MCC 03RG20 DVD-R discs. But how, exactly, do I do that? If I go to microcenter.com and look HERE at their Verbatim brand discs in the 8x speed, there are a LOT of options, including at least: “plain” in two differnent package designs, inkjet printable, “digital movie”, and LightScribe.
Are these going to all be the same media code? How could I have discoverd the answer? Please note I am looking for a general answer not a specific one. (I have already found a source of the media I want.)
[li]Question 2) Again as an example, at videohelp.com I can see people report that the MCC 02RG20 media code has turned up under roughly twenty different brand names. Am I correct, though, that this information is not usually useful helpful to me, as most of these brands sell a variety of media in the same packaging?
Another example might be to suppose I wanted Taiyo Yuden TY02 media. From poking around the forums, and in particular in this THREAD, I can see that looking for Sony 8x media with a hexagonal spacer is a good bet. Is there a more general way to learn how to find the media one wants when the same packaging (Sony) is used for multiple manufacturers?
[li]Question 3) To further complicate things, it appears the country of origin may be an issue as well, as mentioned for example in THIS thread. Is there a general way to find out for a particular media what countries of origin are available, and which are preferred?
Thanks for any input, hopefully I’ll be able to contribute a FAQ-like answer once I understand this material.