I purchased what I thought was Taiyo Yuden CD-R Silver 100 discs in a cakebox from Meritline.com. The first cakebox I received from errored out so bad on Nero Disc Quality scanning or PxScan in my Plextor 716A and were unpalyable in my Philips DVP642, so I RMA’ed them back. Since then, I have a new 716A and a new BenQ DW1640 which have performed well with Fuji branded Taiyo Yudens and some miscellaneous media I’ve thrown at it.
Tonight I opened up the replacement Taiyo Yuden CD-R’s 100 disc cakebox from Meritline.com. The shipping invoice states under “Desription”: CD-R 52X 80Min / 700MB Silver / Silver in Cake Box (Taiyo-Yuden). I first burned a disc in the 716A using Nero CD DVD Speed to “Create Data Disc” which maxed out the burn speed at 32X. The Nero Read Transfer Rate looked ok but the disc looked horrible in Nero Disc Quality test done in the BenQ. Interestingly, the Nero Disc Info done with the blank in the 716A shows all speeds up to 48X available for writing and that Usage listed as “audio” under Extended Information.
The second disc burned was at 48X in the 716A and was 2 video files that filled the disc. The PxScan looks deceptively good, but there were 2 errors (BA 12 I think?!) during the Beta/Jitter testing and the disc errored out (No Additional Sense Info) and was unable to be scanned in the BenQ for the Nero Disc Quality test.
I then looked at a blank disc in the BenQ and the Nero Write Transfer Test showed a max speed of 24X! The Nero Disc Info shows write speeds of up to 24X only.
Now, since the firmware of my BenQ does not allow any overspeed burning (BSHB), and the Plextor does allow overspeed burning, I am assuming that these discs, IF they really are Taiyo Yuden’s, are 32X or 24X actual speed and I have been ripped off with either another cakebox of bad discs, mislabeled rated speed discs or an error in stocking.
What do you think?