Thanks for reading a newbie post.
I am making audio CDs for some friends. I want to get good CDR media. By “good,” I mean that it should:
Sound good (I’m starting with MP3s mostly at 192MHz or better).
Last a long time (not “go bad” after a year or two).
Play on a wide range of CD players, car CD players, computers, etc., since I don’t know where they will try to play them.
From my reading, Taiyo Yuden seems to be the general consensus for this sort of use (especially item #3, which is quite important to me). Is this correct?
Now, I read about CDRs being “branded” in various ways. I want to absolutely know what I’m getting. So, how are the CDRs usually branded? Is it written on the box/spindle? On the disc? Can you test it with software?
Ideally, I’d buy discs that say “Taiyo Yuden” right on the disc somewhere. I’d probably test a few of them with software if possible.
So, I guess that’s it: is TY actually the best for this use, and what kind of “branding” am I looking for?
A source of decently-priced discs in the US would be great as well.
Thanks in advance for your help,