Wow! So many replies! Well… let’s start.
Welcome to the forum
Well, that’s an interesting thread title. Do you have any Verbatim scans to compare these with?
Also, I would be very interested in seeing Transfer Rate Tests done on the same discs
Will add at the end of the reply
People who use them in standalones would also include how compatible they are with these devices.
I have two standalones; my beloved LG (it reads EVERYTHING, even stones!) and another one, very cheap. They both read these dvds.
We all know that there was a lot of decent 4x and 8x media, but for the most part, 4x and 8x media no longer exists. The quality of 16x media has been going steadily downhill. TDK no longer makes TTG02 and no longer manufacturers their own media, as they once did in the glory days. Ritek crashed and burned once they started making RITEKG05, with disks disintegrating willy-nilly. Sony stopped making SONY08D1 long ago, and doesn’t even make MIJ media anymore. Now you’re lucky if you get MIT. As for the Fuji media, that scan of yours doesn’t look all that special, and a full disk burn might have revealed some outrageous PIE numbers.
I didn’t know 4x and 8x were okay, but today 16x are not. Thanks.
There’s also a pattern emerging from the results of your PIF, they top off at 2 and never go past 450 - I’m a little wary at the accuracy of your scans. And there is a reason that people usually fill discs up to the end (no, they’re not just stingy and want to make the most out of a disc)
I just checked a couple of 4450mb tdk and sony and their end were fine.
No ignorance, just a difference of opinion …and I agree, IMO Verbatim is the best - MCC004 specifically is my favourite media right now, no matter where it’s made
[I]And the rest of you, zealots[/I]
Verbatim are fantastic, I know that; 95% of my dvds are mcc003/4 and MCC03RG20, but when you ask suggestions about NOT-verbatim you always read one answer: "Ritek, cmc, etc are crap, stay away from those. Buy verbatim and TY or throw your writer out of the window " or something like that.
Then, I found that my old tdk, maxell, etc were not so bad as I thought.
The reputation that Verbatim and Taiyo Yuden are reliable brands(*) is well-earned and based on a lot of experience on these forums.
(*) Taiyo Yuden not being a brand but a manufacturer.
This does NOT mean that Verbatim and Taiyo Yuden discs are the [I]only[/I] discs that can produce good results, nor does it mean that Verbatim and TY will [I]always[/I] produce good results.
What it means is, that as a general rule, buying Verbatim or TY discs will result in getting good results on a wide choice of CD/DVD burners with an expectation of readability in a wide number of readers/players and good longevity under normal storage conditions.
You might get the same results with other brands, but the chance is generally not as good unless you go for quite specific models of discs.
That’s exactly my new opinion. Verbatim and TY are excellent, but other brands could be too.