I've been noticing a rise in problems with TY media as of late, and I'm trying to find out how many other people are experiencing them. I've run into the following problems personally:
1) Poor bonding on DVDs. Sometimes the discs seperate on their own, sometimes when dropped, and nearly every time I do a bonding test. This occurs on all DVD media from Taiyo Yuden, ranging from their TYG01 to TYG03 and YUDEN00T02 (haven't tested YUDEN000T01 or YUDEN000T03 yet. Both silver laquer and inkjet printable surfaces seem to be affected by this, and it occurs in both Premium and Value lines of their products.
2) Poor inkjet surface quality. Aside from being one of the longer inkjet surfaces to take to dry, it always seems to be less crisp then inkjet surfaces from say Verbatim, and even more so compared to RiData's Hub Printable white inkjet media (which is by far the best surface I've seen, but the media itself is too unpredictable to use!). Furthermore, on the 16x white inkjet printable discs, the surface appears to not be able to accept a standard Primera Laminator film properly. The film peels and lifts up at the edges of the disc. This may be caused by slight warping in the disc, but I am unable to test for this sort of thing, so I can't be certain.
3) Poor quality and compatability with 16x DVD-Rs. Taiyo Yuden is a premium name disc, which we spend extra $$$ on, because we expect it to burn in every drive, and be playable afterwards. The results I CONSISTANTLY see with my own 16x DVD-Rs are almost always horrible. It has been pointed out to me that when burned on the right drives, the media is good.... that's great, but this is supposed to be TAIYO YUDEN media, and not Daxon or Prodisc media (which by the way, seem to be better supported for 16x DVD-Rs then Taiyo Yuden is right now!). Even Plextor, who SPECIALLY optomizes their drives to TY because they use TY for their own brand of media, is having problems getting it to work as well as they'd want it to.
If you are having ANY problems with TY, PLEASE report them here!! I do not believe I'm the only person experiencing these issues.