I have been using those 004 Verb’s for a long time now, I still prefer the 8x 003’s but you have to get what you can. You know I think most all of the 16X Disc’s are the same way. I did some experimenting with several of the 16x rated DVD +R just for myself. They all performed approximately the same. Just like those 004’s you have…i have abut 50 of those myself and I seem to get a problem child about every 10th burn. I never had that out of the old Verbatim(004’s) I had the same problem out of some of the other’s.
Oh and as a side note......if you have a liteon drive or burner, stay away from those Verbatim CD-R's....1x-52x they look almost like the 004's except they donut' have the AZO dye in them. Both of my Liteon's don't like these disc's at all. I should have known that since it didn't say AZO dye on the package then they would be those CMC dics's everyone was saying to avoid......too late for me.