Yesterday I took the plunge and bought a DVD recorder (Panasonic DMR-ES10) which is my first. After I get this figured out I’ll be looking at a pc burner (BenQ,NEC,LG) later in a month or so. Not only I’m alittle fuzzy on the formats but the pros and cons with all the mfgr.'s as well. The last thing I want is to buy 4-5 different ones depending on which DVD recorder I use. Below is a list of media that’s pretty common around here.
*Panasonic…At BB they had these in -Ram,+R and -R. I’m getting a(5) pk of Ram disc sent mail free. I’ve been told you can’t go wrong with all the “Ram” you can get. I found a (5)pk of Ram that has “Matsushita, Japan” on the back.
*Fufi…I know at one time almost all of these were “TY” made. Now it’s a hit or a miss. I’ve seen some of the 100 pk’s made in Japan and the smaller ones in Taiwan.
*Maxwell… I’ve seen several with home DVD recorders swear by these and those with pc burners swear at them. I’ve looked at various packs and all marked “Taiwan”. I’ve seen 3&5 pks of the Ram disc. Any difference with the disc “colors” as well?
*Verbatim…I know these had a good reputation awhile back but some had problems with CD recording. SAM’s club has these in (30)pks with a slim case in both (- & +). They also have a (10)pk of Ram. All show “Taiwan” made.
*TDK…Both BB and CC carry these. Here and there you can find some good deals on them. All of them seem made in “Taiwan” as well. Haven’t seen much input on TDK overall.
Thanks for any suggestion and tips. Pardon me if these seem trival questions but I'm just getting my feet wet on this. Thanks for your time.