I’ve been a long-time user of Verbatim DVD+R discs, and have usually been very happy with the results. However, the last 100-disc spindle I purchased (made in Taiwan) was atrocious, and more than half the discs failed during burning. Those that managed to burn failed miserably in Nero’s quality scanning (sometimes hitting 0 for quality, or 30-60), with very high spikes and way more failures than I’ve ever seen before. I tried buring a couple leftover older Verbatims, and the quality was outstanding, as they used to be. I checked the serial # on the new batch of discs, and the serial # started with PAP6, which I’ve read are terrible, and should be avoided at all costs. Of course, how can I tell the serial # before I buy them?
So it seems that I can’t trust Verbatim anymore, which is a shame, since my choice of discs locally sucks. So I really need some help from those who can recommend a quality brand for DVD+R.
I have been considering Taiyo Yuden DVD+R discs, but I’m a bit confused over what I should go with, if at all. If I buy from SuperMediaStore.com, there seems to be a choice of an 8x (T02, I think) or a 16x (T03, I think), both shiny silver 100 pack. I seem to be reading a lot of comments on different forums about some 8x T02 discs having bonding issues, but then I have also read that the 8x are supposedly higher quality than 16x. I’ve also read many comments that TY have been going downhill and can’t be trusted anymore, and many have stopped using them, too.
So who can I trust now? I’m so confused. I’m in the USA, and my local stores mostly carry Sony, Memorex, Maxell, and store brands, with some others randomly thrown in. All the Sony and Maxell discs I see are made in Taiwan. For that matter, everything I check on the retail shelf seems to be from Taiwan. Can Taiyo Yuden be found on store shelves rebranded? If so, what should I look for? What brand is recommended for reliable burning and long-term storage?