Mitsui / MAM-E CD-R quality

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#1

When i burn cd-r’s i want two things of them:

  • I want them to last long
  • I want the data to be readable, this doesn’t have to be at maximum speed.

Looking at these requirements I bought a spindle of 25 Mitsui MAM-E golden dye cds at cdrwinkel about a month ago. I knew Mitsui was one of the top brands, if not thé top brand, and I knew that MAM-E guaranteed on their website that these cds will last at least a hundred (!) years. Therefore I was convinced of the quality of these cds.

A few days ago I discovered this forum. After a couple searches I read some very negative things about these cds. Mostly that the quality of mitsui (in Europe) was dropped significantly after MAM-E took over. Especially these Golden Dye cd’s would have been bad.

After some more reading I understood that not only the media itself was important but also how your drive handles this media. I have an old and rather unknown Iomega ZipCD 650 8x4x32x drive. I never had any problems with this drive and it always seemed to do it’s job. I noticed that on this forum people see a good burn as a burn without any C2 errors. Therefore I did some testing with Nero CdSpeed on my Golden Dye discs. I used my Pioneer DVD-106 for this.

The above picture shows the average result I get with my Golden Dye’s. Now I know people here would consider all my Golden Dye’s as bad burns (practically all of them have C2 errors) but my question now is:

  • If I only have the 2 demands above for my cds (I don’t need them to run at max speed and I want my data to stay intact over the years) are these cds with these average burns I get out of them good enough to meet those 2 demands for me?

  • Another “bonus” question I have is whether it would be worth it to buy a new Liteon 52x/24x/52x cd-rw drive to replace my old Iomega to get beter write results?

I thank you in advance.


#2

Hi Precision,

Welcome to our forum! I’m not an expert on this, so others will be able to give you a better answer. However we sell the MAM-E brand also in our shop (http://shop.cdfreaks.com) and most costumers are very happy with the quality of the CDRs and DVDRs.


#3

Depends on your writer.

For example, my LiteOn 52x can handle them, while the Plextor Premium really hates them.


#4

The C2-errors depend on the drive you use for testing. Try to use another drive for testing. The result may bei quite different. Or even better: Find someone who will test on a plextor premium to show the real burn quality (BLER, C1 etc)