I’d like to thank you first for our valued participation at CDFreaks.
That said, when I started burning in July 2001 with a Ricoh MP7163A it was because we had come into posession of a PS1 and a whole bunch of original games (about a dozen). My kids were 10 and 13 at the time and the were trashing game discs and it needed to stop! As an aside, the 16X Ricoh cost AUD$260 at the time which is now over half the cost of a respectable DVD and CD writer
I tried a brand called Best Buy which worked 8-9 times out of 10. Sometimes the disc was just cactus, sometimes the disc would need to be taken out and re-seated to boot. Sometimes a working disc stopped working some time later. I went to Kodak Gold and had great success after that as long as I read at 8X (or less) I got 100% success. When I bought my 24102B and Golds were harder to get and Best Buy were still coastering on me I moved to Verbatim. I had been buying Mitsu for critical stuff but I find that emtec also works well for testing (and probably critical stuff as well).
I don’t know where you live but my Verbatim is made in Singapore as is the emtec. The DataLifePlus Verbatim is the same as the Mitsu but little Mitsu is made in Singapore. They use their own dye which works for me. The point of the story is that the CloneCD profile is correct - and given the physicl problems associated with PSX backups - you just have to find a good CD-R brand that works, overall, for you. That help?