The funny thing is, higher price doesn't always mean higher quality.
Cheaper discs can still compete.
I think the CMC MAG AE1 is a great disc.
But surprisingly, just as good as that, in my opinion, is the BULKPAQ FUJIFILM 8x disc. I have burned these consistently at 12x and never had a coaster. Nor any problems with skipping. And that's on a VERY fussy ps2.
Plus, they only cost 18p.
I NEVER in the past would have bought bulkpaq media, I'm such a snob... But I had heard great reviews of these discs and for once, they lived up to the hype.