[QUOTE=mciahel;2579087]The main problem is, that most brands are simply “branding” stuff they buy from the various manufacturers. So, you never know what’s in the box you just acquired.
Additionally, there are several quality grades for blanks, depending on the production line they were made. I might be wrong, but I’d expect reputable brands like TDK selling higher grade media than the food supermarket with its house brand.
Well, at least here in germany, the price difference between “medium” quality brand discs like Maxell and no-name supermarket discs is really small. Talking about 1â‚¬ per 25pcs spindle. With some luck, you can find Verbies on sale for Maxell price.
The only way to find out is to “buy and try”. And the next spindle might be totally different.
Datasafe is unknown for me, so I’d opt for Maxells in that case And for CMC vs. Ritek - I like both for CD-R.
P.S.: the cheapest discs I ever bought were MiT Verbatim DVD-R MCC03RG20 - 25pcs for 5 Euros [/QUOTE]
You raise some interesting points Michael, so I will try and address them all. Of course, one of the main problem with brands like Memorex is they are prone to “outsourcing” - Something I didn’t realise when I was started burning like a… Burnaholic (Jesus ) in August 2010 backing up all of my VHS and cassette collection. onto CD and DVD respectively.
And, despite my condemation of CMC Magnetic media, they are starting to get my respect again because those that did actually burn on my Pioneer burner work alright - Those that did skip must have been because it was a burned on a very old Pioneer burner (Pioneer 109D I think?) which ideally doesn’t support 16x media - If at all.
I must have wasted AT LEAST 60 DVD-R and 20 CD-R - All CMC (Because they were all I got at the time, before wisely moving to RitekF1 dye) burned on that, and whilst I was slashing CMC for kack discs, I didn’t acknowledge that I had, infact, a faulty burner. I didn’t think it would be a problem as I always burn at 4x or 8x - Even 80 discs is an alarming failure rate for a old burner
(Edit, my now retired Pioneer burner is ideally optimised for 4x or 8x discs. Lord almighty )
Reason why I moved over to RitekF1 dye is because we don’t have a lot of money so we can’t afford a high failure rate, and the CMC dye, whilst great under certain brands, is a very sporadic dye - With the great dyes to ones that are absolute garbage. :Z Hence why I don’t trust them - But at least Ritek F1 is less readily available - and better - (based on the Fugi Oxolife dye, so you know it’s quality ) and can be got for similar prices.
Quite right though, buying and trying is probably the best thing for it. I bought my Memorex despite reading the onslaught of boycotts, and not for one minute do I regret it. Infact, they are the best discs I have ever used - Based on the Mosar Boar India dye.