Printable 25GB BD-Rs

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#1

I need to recommend some good quality single layer bd-rs.
Which one is the best of these?:

thank you.


#2

The Verbatim Datalife should be CMCMAG-BA5.

I bought a 10pk last year and they were perfectly good, one of the better batches of CMCMAG-BA5. There isn’t anything inherently wrong with CMC Magnetics discs, but the quality varies quite a lot. With Verbatim you should be getting the better stuff. (Verbatim Datalife Plus discs should be Verbatim’s own MID.)

The TDK will probably be CMCMAG-BA3 (4x speed). I don’t know about the quality, it may be as good as the Verbatims or it may be a bit worse.

I don’t know about the second Verbatim pack (Japanese import). They might have Verbatim’s own MID, but I suspect these days they are more likely to be CMC Magnetics discs.



#3

and what about their lifespan?

I really don’t want to reburn them after a few years…


#4

@desan

I have an spindle of Verbatims (CMCMAGBAH←) hehe…

And tis like IBEX mentioned, although verbatim used to be very good blanc media.

The BURN Quality is CERTAINLY not Consistent from BD-R , despite burning them at the same speed!!

However as for the lifespan, so far i haven’t had any playback issues.

But then again iam talking about very recent (weeks/months old) burns here.

And i just have adopted bluray format to expand my movie collection :p.

If u realy like consitent and reliable media…

1 WORD = WANNAPANASONIC ^^

They are TRULY the HOLY GRAIL of BD-R …

Never Cant go wrong with wannapwannas :p,… NO SERIOUSLEE…

cheers,


#5

Panasonic BD-R are now very hard to find in the UK, and expensive. The last prices I saw were £13.xx for a 10pk or £59.99 for 50pk, and there were only a couple of places still selling them. You can buy them sent from Japan but that carries its own risks, delays & import duties.

Although most people have found them to be very good, there are some poor quality batches around, and even reports of Panasonic using Ritek discs (check for made in Japan).

The Panasonics I bought a couple of weeks ago are dreadful. They scan much worse than my Verbatim CMCMAG-BR5, and at least one disc failed verification.

Falcon Media BD-R (using TDK MID under license) are also highly rated. But they are also difficult to find in the UK (search the specialist optical disc vendors), more expensive and no guarantee that you won’t get a substandard batch (personal experience again). Digistor used to sell them through Amazon, but they switched to CMC Magnetics discs in late 2013. And TDK branded discs are almost certain to be CMC Magnetics these days.

[QUOTE=Jannenba;2744691]
They are TRULY the HOLY GRAIL of BD-R …
[/QUOTE]
:iagree:
Almost unobtainable, and those who do find it are likely to be disappointed & much poorer. :stuck_out_tongue:


#6

Done a bit of searching, and the second Verbatims (VBR130RP50V4) have been reported on a couple Japanese sites as being CMCMAG-BA5.

So unless you fancy trying some slower 4x CMC discs, of the discs you have mentioned I would go for the Verbatim Datalife. At the moment the 25pk is actually slightly cheaper per disc on Amazon, so I would go for that instead (smaller spindles easier to handle, smaller investment if not confident of the disc quality).

I can’t think of any other discs in the UK at the moment at a similar price that are worth considering. In the US they have brands selling good quality Falcon-made TDK and rather nice Infomedia BD-R at affordable prices (not to mention affordable Panasonics), but here in Europe there is not much choice these days - CMC, Ritek or Philips made by Moser Baer. :Z:Z Verbatim BD-R with Verbatim’s own MID are available (sold as Datalife Plus), but I’ve only seen them in jewel cases at a high price.

But if you see any Panasonic BD-R at an acceptable price then I would go for those. (But exercise your rights under the Distance Selling Act and send them straight back if they aren’t made in Japan - Ritek!)


#7

I’m not so sure about the Infomedia BD-R discs any more. I have some that scan awesome (as good as any scan I’ve ever seen). Others that aren’t so good, more like so-so. The shiny/lacquer Smart-Blu (Falcon-made) aren’t great either. The last 1-1.5gB doesn’t scan well. There seems to be some sort of defects near the edge. I never tried the printable Smart-Blu discs. The branded one were fine, but aren’t available any more.


#8

In the UK you can buy both Panasonic and Falcon blu-rays from Riviera Multimedia.
I’ve found both their prices and service very good, although the flat rate, next day shipping charge does mean it works out better value for higher quantities.

Personally, if you care about longevity, I would suggest paying the extra and going for these two types of disc.


#9

[QUOTE=Ibex;2744696]

Although most people have found them to be very good, there are some poor quality batches around, and even reports of Panasonic using Ritek discs (check for made in Japan).

The Panasonics I bought a couple of weeks ago are dreadful. They scan much worse than my Verbatim CMCMAG-BR5, and at least one disc failed verification.

:iagree:
Almost unobtainable, and those who do find it are likely to be disappointed & much poorer. :p[/QUOTE]

Thats ↑ NEWS to me :eek: !!!

Fake pwannas made in japan noless :eek: ??! FAKe pwannas that have the same info / labels printed on the spindles like the original genuine ones ??

I ONLY will believe that when i SEE that with my own 2 god given eyes :eek:!

Do u have proof of that (scans/ pictar ?)

Well, so far iam good from where i by them. Mid codes is and always has been MEIKI02 :kiss:

And yes, those falcon media seems to be good accordingly to some users arround here.

But the discs are only sold / wel known overseas (USA region) and are very HARD to find if not impossible in the EU region !!


#10

The disc & stamper serial numbers indicate they are genuine.

Finally had a reply from Panasonic UK:

[B]“Regarding your enquiry, please be advised that unfortunately, Panasonic disks are not covered by a manufacturer’s warranty.”[/B]

:eek:


#11

and what about this TDKs?

they are also CMC Magnetics. Does it mean they are the same quality as that verbatims but only lower speed (4x)?

Please correct me if I am wrong, but these TDKs are 4x and Verbatim’s are 6x.
I think slower burning speed will be better for burning with less errors, so isn’t it better choice go for TDK? Manufacturer is the same…

But it may happen that CMC media produce higher quality discs for verbatim than for TDK?
Is this possible? Maybe in different case, that actual manufacturer makes better media for one brand and worse for another?


#12

Can you get Melody 6x Printable discs in the UK? They’re INFOMER40 and they scan really nice on par with the best Panasonic 6x (MEIRA1) blanks.

Unfortunately the longevity of any of these discs is basically an unknown.


#13

[QUOTE=Stereodude;2745331]Can you get Melody 6x Printable discs in the UK? They’re INFOMER40 and they scan really nice on par with the best Panasonic 6x (MEIRA1) blanks.

Unfortunately the longevity of any of these discs is basically an unknown.[/QUOTE]
Unfortunately not. And I don’t know of any other brand which might be Infomedia. :sad:

You can get them sent from America - how does £3 a disc sound?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Melody-Blu-ray-Recordable-Printable-Spindle/dp/B00QJ81QT6/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1421186070&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=melody+bd-r

There really is very little choice in Europe these days. Among the major brands it is mostly CMC, with some Ritek & Philips MID Moser Baer lurking for the unwary. Falcon are available from a few specialist suppliers, at a price. Verbatim’s own MID is available, but only in expensive jewel cases. Panasonic have become very hard to find in the last 3 months.

There are plenty small sellers selling discs from the Japanese market, either sent from Japan or imported into the UK. But most of these look likely to be CMC or Ritek.


#14

No, there is no other, better media for comparable price. In europe.

Please just answer my question above, I really need to know only that and I’ll make a choice.
Thank you.

and what about this TDKs?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/TDK-Blu-ray-...dp/B002RT85RW/

they are also CMC Magnetics. Does it mean they are the same quality as that verbatims but only lower speed (4x)?

Please correct me if I am wrong, but these TDKs are 4x and Verbatim’s are 6x.
I think slower burning speed will be better for burning with less errors, so isn’t it better choice go for TDK? Manufacturer is the same…

But it may happen that CMC media produce higher quality discs for verbatim than for TDK?
Is this possible? Maybe in different case, that actual manufacturer makes better media for one brand and worse for another?


#15

There doesn’t appear to be a consistent difference in quality between the 4x & 6x CMC Magnetics BD-R. Most drives should support writing the 6x CMC at 4x if you wish to use a slower speed.

In Europe, Imation have the rights to use the TDK brand for optical discs. That also appears to be the case for the Japanese market (here). Over the years I have found Imation’s CD-R (including under the TDK brand) to be of variable quality, but never the best. (I have not used their DVD+/-R or BD-R.) Over the years, when selling other companies’ discs under the Datalife/Extra Protection brands, Verbatim have usually have the better quality batches.

Personally, I would buy a 25pk of the Verbatim Datalife Printable 6x and if you like them order some more. At the moment they are actually cheaper per disc than the 50pk.


#16

@desann

This is one of the Verbatim Datalife 6x CMC Magnetics BD-R I bought last August from Amazon (10pk spindle). It was a bit dusty when scanned, which may have cause some of the peaks.

Quality wise it is no record breaker, but I don’t see anything to be concerned about. This pack of Verbatims are certainly some of the better CMC discs. In fact they have scanned a lot better than my Panasonic & FTI TDK BD-R.


#17

I have bought these in the past they are good discs at a good price. I think there on sale to the 25th of January.

http://www.microcenter.com/product/403410/Hub_Printable_BD-R_LTH_25GB_6X_50_Pack_Spindle


#18

LTH, I’d pass on those.