Welcome back Chad.
I always avoid discs with a Plasmon ATIP code. They aren't made by Plasmon, but by a small manufacturer which doesn't have its own ATIP code (usually in Hong Kong or China, e.g. Umedisc). Plasmon's only contribution was making the stamper.
Unless you have Pepst's encyclopedic knowledge, you won't know who made the discs or whose dye they were using. And your drive won't know either, so it will have to use a generic write strategy. In any case, a manufacturer which has to use a generic ATIP code is unlikely to have particularly high production standards. :iagree:
(The same goes for Multi-Media Masters & Machinery, another common generic ATIP code.)
[OT] In the distant past, did Plasmon ever manufacture their own CD-R/RW or DVDÂ±R/RW discs? [/OT]
In the past 3-4 years I have had quite a few audiobooks from the library which were on Plasmon ATIP CD-R (rather than the usual Taiyo Yuden). I found that even when they were new, there was an unacceptably high number of discs which were partially unreadable. And things only got worse with age.
Arita is one of Ritek's own brands, but the consensus was they they use it for selling their B-grade discs (or worse!). I would recommend sticking with Traxdata (Ritek's A-grade brand) or Maxell. These days I find Maxell (especially the printable ones) to be more consistent than Traxdata.
CMC Magnetics CD-R are not bad at all. Like Ritek, the quality varies a lot depending on the brand - some brands are known for always selling the lower grade discs. But I've never had any problems with their CD-R discs degrading. I encountered a couple of discs which were partially unreadable in a very old laptop CD-ROM drive, but these were (freshly written) substandard discs sold under a disreputable brand. The same comments apply to Ritek CD-R.
Here is a recent discussion on the subject of CMC Magnetics CD-R: