I got the BOGO deal from Media Supply, a Taiyo Yuden distributor out of Pennsylvania who I have bought from several times.
The spindle of 100 disks come in the customary Taiyi Yuden cases. The There is a similar but JVC branded paper disk on top of the disks. The external plastic wrapping is typical TY format but JVC is prominently displayed and their are a couple of new phrases:
- Joint Venture of Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd. and Victor Company of Japan, Limited
- for Professional Use
The label sates Made In Japan (excellent!)
I purchased the JVC PrintPlus White Inkjet Hub Printable TYG03 DVD-R 16X (JDMRWPPSB16-WS2) and the similar deal with the JVC PrintPlus Branded Taiyo Yuden White Inkjet Hub Printable CD-r's (JCDRWPPSB-WS2).
The deal appears to still be in effect.
I was anticipating premium line TY's with JVC's semi-gloss printable coating. Nothing I could find via Google suggested Value Line (or worse!). I have not tested the CD-R's yet, but I am testing the DVD-R TYG03.
Examining the disk with a magnifying glass, the DVD-r has 3 different alphanumerics like other TY disks:
- KK 925C401058GH
The printable surface, advertised as "semi-glossy", is more glossy than the typical matte surface of non-Watershield printable TY's but much less glossy than a Watershield disk. The PrintPlus coating appears mottled or orange-peeled. There is a slight ring or railroad track less than a millimeter in diameter at or very near the outer circumference of the coating. There is a slight ring towards the inner ring that corresponds to the outermost edge of the hub area on the data side of the disk - my TY T02 white inkjet hub printable 8X DVD+R's and CD-R Watershields also have an inner ring similar to this too. Compared to my T02 DVD+R and CD-R Watershield coatings, the JVC PrintPlus coating is more opaque in appearance over the inner hub areas, ie is more homogenous white color throughout the disk. There is some translucency to the coating like the printable TY's ringing along the clear innermost hub area next to the spindle hole.
The data side looks perfect, without blemish.
I am using a sony Optiarc AD-7240S (firmware 1.02 and 1.03) with Nero CD-DVD Speed v.18.104.22.168 for creating data disks, and then using a BenQ DW-1640 BSRB with Nero for the Transfer Rate Test and Disk Quality test.
Testing results have been extremely dissappointing so far at burn speeds of 4X (only one using firmware v.1.03 so far), 8X, 12X and 16X. I also tested it with the BenQ, mine has never being good with DVD-R, and the results were horrible too.
I have used burned Verbatim MCC 03RG20 DVD-R 16X Hub Printable and TY TG03 (silver lacquer and printable too IIRC) with the Optiarc firmware v.1.02 with good-decent results 4 months ago. My Optiarc burns DVD+R silver lacquer superbly and DVD+R silver inkjet very well. So I knew that DVD-R's would not perform with 20K PIE's and 200 PIF's or less as the silver lacquer, but I didn't expect 10 times worse PIF's at burn speeds of 12X and 16X.
On the bright side, TRT and Jitter are good to excellent.
Will be doing a few more tests and then publish pics in the Optiarc forum. Don't know if Optiarc firmware v.1.03 is going to make a difference. I have read where some have reverted back to v.1.02 but not sure why they did that.
Maybe my Optiarc doesn't like these disks. Maybe I got a bad spindle of the DVD-R. The one 8X burn I've done so far was similar when compared to other DVD-R printable media I've burned, but the faster burned speeds are absolutely horrible so far. I don't mind burning at 8X but it's a waste of money to buy the x16, burn at 8X, and still get worse PIE's and PIF's than with DVD+R T02 8X burned at 8X. Same amount of time but worse results all for a higher cost.
Lastly, I haven't printed on the PrintPlus disk yet. If I'm returning this lot of disks I thought I'd still try printing on one disk for curiousity sake.