[QUOTE=Francksoy;2136507]I though so, but are you positive about the Broadcast Quality line?I have my doubts… yes, original burning quality was very good, but compatibility with readers and longevity, that’s another story. At least in my experience. All the ones I had are dead now, and they were burnt @8X in a Plextor 24/10/48 so you can rule out a burner issue I guess… maybe I’ve just been unlucky.[/QUOTE]
Yes no BQ cd-r’s. BQ DVD-R’s are still there but it seems that they are also no longer produced by Maxell themselves as maxell has seem to have stopped all inhouse DVD production.
74 min cd-r’s are still made by TY. (At least they were a few weeks ago. Which means there should be stock. Taking the time difference between production and shipping into account. However I have heard signals about TY 74 min cd-r’s being no longer available to some distributers, because of less production. Most likely your distributer isn’t important enough to carry them anymore.
80 min cd-r that can compete with TY. The only discs, that are still available to me and might be up to that are the made in Germany FUJI disc’s. However the current state of production seems to be questionable.
I can not say anything about stability for humidity. But lets take a look at the other stuff.
Error levels/jitter after burning.
On disc’s burned higher as 16x I can clearly see FUJI performing better as TY on all my drives.
On disc’s burned lower as 12x it seems that the performance is to close to call.
On light stability. Newer FUJI has the black UV protection layer, so they are more stable as TY on this one.
On playback compatability. - This one is slightly in favour of TY, but the difference is small. Both are not as good as the old metal azo or old MITSUI silver disc’s.
6(?) year old FUJI’s are still performing good and don’t show significant signs of aging. (Same for TY. This might sound easy. But fact is that this doesn’t count for most other manufacturers !)
74 min cd-r’s are hardly made these days. When it comes to normal available stuff I think only TY and MAM-A are making them still.
74 min cd-r’s are supposed to be slightly more compatible and I think there was actually a recorder that doesn’t work with 80 minutes.
TDK results are quite mixed.