Originally posted by sirluke79
[B]Let's sort up the things here.
"Ritek G04 quality has been suffering lately"
This is not true. If you read carefully he article posted you'll see that the complaints are relative to "orange lanscaped" Riteks, which are graded discs that have been reprinted. Ritek doesn't sell them and no one should sell them as A-grade because they are not.
As for other brands, like Ridata, Ridisc, Arita, the printables and the shiny silver surface, the quality is up to high sdandards it has alwais been, IMHO.
p.s. if you look for the landscapes Riteks in a shop you'll see a "G"(graded) aside the name. [/B]
Their quality control never was much good. The site (which, to be honest, I can't say that I like as much as it is very biased towards cheap media) mentioned only the crap that's been going around, but it doesn't mention that Ritek has problems with it's grade A stuff. It's grade A stuff is indeed very in variable. I know this from experience. I have RiData "grade A" Ritek discs where a number of discs in the spindle had visible dye defects. (mind you, I purchased 2 different batches of RiData media at two different points in time, and each time, the batch contained discs that had visible dye problems--just 1 disc in my first batch of 50, but around 10 (or more--haven't checked them all) in another batch of 50... these are "grade A"? As rdgrimes puts it, Ritek got popular back when it was just them and all the crap manufacturers, but they're overrated now that there's actually decent media around.
If you've had good luck w/ A-grade Riteks, then it's because you were lucky. I don't really mind if they sell B-grade or worse as I never get those anyway, but until they do a better job of sorting the media and getting all the B-grade rejects out of their A-grade batches, I don't trust them any more.
BTW, Aritas are B.