EEEHH says the buzzer. Wrong Kodak invented formazan right. But it was not the dye on most of there media that was sold to the public. The dye on those disc’s was Misui Phtalocyanine. Reason for MAM-A to claime victory over some kodak made disc’s because it was there dye. Which is twice incorrect.
The dye is from MITSUI and the disc was from KODAK.
vs TDK (MSi), etc. , no ODM/OEM/sub-licensed/etc stuff. The bad cyanine/phthalo stuff is usually concerning other manufacturers AFAIK.
Hmm sorry to say but TY is still the king when I look at my old media.
Mitsui and TDK (MSi) errors seem to rise slowly in my case. Based on the error levels you can consider it still good media but fact is that the errors rise. While the error levels of TY seem to be stable.
However the old Mitsui did have the advantage when it came to playback/burning on drives with worn out lasers !
Of course, this is mainly a historical matter anyway, as the others (with possible exception of MKM/Verbatim) have ceased mass manufacturing of their CD-R media so your choice is limited to TY wether you think they are the best or not
I wouldn’t limit my choice to TY only. For us european folks there is still something like FUJI germany. Initiall burns of my fuji’s at high speeds (above 16x) are better as TY and so far there stable.
MIT Ricoh/Mitsui sounds questionable IMO, my examples of these media are EU/MIJ manufactured (pre-2000), no fast degradation problem.
Pre-2000 prodisc was allready making some media for Mitsui !