Hey, we disagree. Nice! - It’s not easy to disagree openly with the experts. I have to make an effort to forget that I can look like a fool. I’ll do my best and let it be.
Let’s get something out of the way: at the time I wrote my post, I had never read any post from you stating that gold could be inherently superior for actual DVD+/-R performance. So I was definitly not callling you a liar. An for some reason, I’m pretty sure I’ll never do. Just wanted to make sure this is clear as crystal.
Ok now that this is out of the way:
Making something very good or excellent out of given materials is never a proof that these materials are ‘superior’. It is true both in the technical and artistic worlds. In cooking, too (which I consider as an art BTW). Savoir-faire, precision, overall integration etc… can make great products, or works of art, out of plain of even mediocre materials, as long as they are not frankly poor. Also, it’s very possible to make awful products or works of arts out of excellent materials… So the fact that there is a gold DVDR in your top 3 is no indication that gold has any technical edge over silver for actual performance (other than longevity). Proving this would need a very, very different approach than the one you expose. Maybe you are right, but I don’t think there’s enough evidence.
Now about the word “lies”: I don’t think you’ll disagree that most of the marketing talk about gold media is simply codswallop. It’s possible to make great performance media without using any gold in it, and using gold in it instead of other materials won’t show any dramatic improvement just because gold is used . But that’s what they want customers to believe…
Until “gold” media can consistently show better performance (than more conventional media) and that this better performance can be anticipated by sound, technical considerations and manufacturing principles, all manufacturer claims are just claims. Claims without proofs can be several things: conjectures, faith, provocations etc… but in the case of marketing, since the goal is to make money, I think the world “lies” is definitly pertinent.
When writing performance here, I mean: writing compatibility, playing compatibility, mechanical stability etc… so I’m not including long-term (> 15 years) climatic stability, which I don’t consider as a general “performance” per se but as an extra quality. If I do include climatic stability in the definition, then OK, I know for sure that gold has a real potential.
The product of the same manufacturers using silver layer actually improved to be inferior
I guess you meant “proved” to be inferior.
And to save the OP more aggravation from thread highjacking, I’ll stop posting here.