First, you need to look at this thread:
Particularly this part:
Thank you for your mails.
These discs are made according to the standard of Taiyo-Yuden ,but not made in Japan .
Any question,just feel free to contact us .
Customer Service Representative/ Meritline.com
:eek: :eek: :eek: "But not made in Japan" :eek: :eek: :eek:
That's an extremely shady position to take on the possibility of fakes. If you do a search on Google for "meritline" "fake" "CDR", you will get about 1000 hits. That answer from "Ivy" sounds very much like a course I once took in NYC, a part of which was called "giving marketing answers to technical questions". Also known in the biz as "little white ones".
Those scans you posted are nothing like what you should expect from real TY CD-R media. Was the media branded at all, or was everthing just plain? Problem is, even if plain, it doesn't necessarily mean it isn't TY. Take all the factors into consideration (vendor history & scan results) and I think you know what the answer is.
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.
Or, door #4, passing off fake TY as real TY. "Taiyo Yuden" means made by Taiyo Yuden, not "using Taiyo Yuden codes".
The speeds are dependent on the firmware in the particular recorder. It just might be that the BenQ only burns that media at 24x. Since the 716's firmware says 48x and you ended up with a 32x burn, either you didn't set "max" in CDSpeed or PoweRec recognized what was going on during burning and tried to save the burn.