Basically Mitsui (now called MAM-A) DVD-R media sucks... it's worse than Ritek (mind you, Ritek is good, but its quality was no where near the "old-school" Mitsui). So what happened?
Well Mitsui withdrew from making DVD media and sold their DVD facilities to a company called C.S.I. So CSI now makes the media under the MAM-A name.
Colorado Springs, CO ? June 16, 2003
Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. has made a strategic decision to partially withdraw from the CD-R and DVD-R manufacturing arena. Computer Support Italcard s.r.l. (CSI) of Italy, has agreed to acquire the majority stake in Mitsui Advanced Media, Inc..
CSI of Milan Italy, is a leader in the production of CD-R, DVD-R, micro floppy disc, paper products, CD-Rom and CD-Audio. CSI was created in 1997 through a fusion between two companies, Computer Support Italy and Italcard. Italcard was a market leader in the production of listing forms for printers, born in 1975. CSI operates a 150,000 sq. ft. facility at Milan, Italy. Last summer CSI also acquired majority control of Mitsui Advanced Media, SA in France, now Manufacturing Advanced Media Europe, SA (MAM-E). Since then, CSI has installed DVD-R and additional CD-R capacity in the MAM-E facility. With the acquisitions of MAM-E and Mitsui Advanced Media, Inc., CSI will command approximately $130 million in annual sales.
I bought some of this new "silver" media and it's just plain horrid. I could instantly tell their media has turned to sh*t for several reasons. First, the new DVD-R media could be scratched up so friggin easily. Just tapping my fingernail lightly on the data side of the disc left a mark. The OLD "gold" Mitsui DVD media NEVER had this problem. Heck, it was almost as scratch resistant as the TDK armor plated stuff. And the second reason Mitsui (now MAM-A) media sucks? Well, they outsource to other people!! So when you buy a MAM-A disc, it might not even be manufactured by MAM-A!
MAM-A 4x DVD-Rs = MCI4XG01 (made by Nashua?)
MAM-A 4x DVD+Rs = DDDessauV20 (don't know this manufacturer)
MAM-A 2x DVD-RWs = OPTODISCK001 (made by Optodisc)
MAM-A 4x DVD+RWs = OPTODISCOP4 (made by Optodisc)
I'm sorry, but the day when MAM-A puts their name on a product made by Optodisc, and tries to pass it off as their own, is the day that I lose all respect for MAM-A.
So the moral of the story is, don't buy Mitsui (i.e., MAM-A) media anymore. It's pure crap. And what ticks me off even more is that most people (including myself until recently) didn't even know about this "change"! MAM-A used some lame excuse such as "the silver media allows us to write at faster speeds than the gold media" to get around the fact they no longer have a quality control for the discs! shudder When I think of all the people that are buying MAM-A thinking it's good media due to the affiliation with the Mitsui name... that's just evil. :a
(I'm lucky enough to have 250 of the Mitsui 2x GOLD discs sitting here. Man they kick ass haha. Save them for special occasions lol!)