[QUOTE=SeanW;2069001]I would concur with the above. Any Verbatim other than Tayio Yuden (Made In Japan).
But where you can get your hands on some 8x Tayio Yuden DVD Rs(be it +R YUDEN000 T02, or -R TGY02) it would also be a reasonably good bet.[/QUOTE]I concur, but I guess that the original poster could start to be confused by all this Japan/Non Japan Taiyo Yuden/non Taiyo Yuden recommendations…
So I’ll try to clear this up for him:
Genuine Verbatim-branded Single Layer DVDR discs can be either:
- Verbatim own technology (“MCC”), these can be made in India or Taiwan (and perhaps China).
- Taiyo Yuden technology, made by Taiyo Yuden in Japan.
- Other manufacturers technology like CMC or Ritek (very rare, limited to the scarse “Pearl Whites” line of discs, and if I remember well also discs sold in Brazil…?)
Verbatim own MCC discs are regarded as high quality discs. That’s what I mainly use and I’m very satisfied with it.
While 8X +R and 16X -R Taiyo Yuden discs are regarded by everyone as very high quality, for some reason the ones that Verbatim brands and sells seem to be of significantly lower quality than their own MCC discs, and than Taiyo Yuden discs sold as unbranded or under the That’s or Panasonic brands.
Thus my recommendation to buy Verbatims not made in Japan (to avoid the lower quality Taiyo Yuden branded by Verbtim) or Panasonic made in Japan 16X -R (which are good quality Taiyo Yuden branded by Panasonic).
For the record, “Taiyo Yuden” is not a brand of discs, it’s the name of a manufacturer. Taiyo Yuden’s own brand is “That’s” and cannot be found out of Asia. You can buy Taiyo Yuden discs either unbranded (with or without a TY logo in the package) from reputable dealers (in the US www.rima.com, in Europe www.svp.co.uk); or under brands like Panasonic (recommended), Datasafe Pro (not recommended), Verbatim (not recommended)…
You can also consider pepst’s additional recommendations, though I think that the Verbs (any model not made in Japan) and 16X -R made in japan Panasonics are the safer bet in general.