Good question about "Can anyone actually recommend any DVD+/-RWs?". I asked that about two weeks ago and only a handfull of answers. I finally purchased a single Verbatim disc and then posted the resulting scan. The link is: http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=142795.
One question I'm having trouble finding the answer to is where to get DVD+RW 8X[B]. I see that Alexnoe and Konsolen and someone else in Germany tried the Ricoh's. Just where do I get 8X in the USA? Doesn't seem like the local stores or the internet media sites (meritline, rima) I've visited have it. Here's a real nice marketing promo of the Ricoh's: http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/News/Details.aspx?NewsId=13819. Ricoh's not even selling them from their online catelog to North America. Talk about being the redheaded stepson! (apologies to all redheads)
Should I even mention that Plextor's own media compatibility web page recommends a phantom Mitsubishi Chemical DVD+RW 8X? Does this really exist in our dimension? Are they sniffing fairy dust in the testing lab? I probably also shouldn't mention that not only does Plextor list media product ID numbers that are non-existent in little ole America, but also that several of the product ID numbers are no longer even manufactured/sold as per Verbatim's own website search function. Did anyone else notice that the Verbatim DVD+R 16X Reorder #95059 included as a free sample with the 716A is no where to be found in the USA to my knowledge. Figures this one sample Verbatim 16X burns better than any of the Verbatim 16X of different Reorder number that are available in the USA... and I bought 3 cakeboxes of 25 discs each thinking that it would be same as the free sample included with my drive!
Given that Verbatim, and Taiyo Yuden, is one of the biggest recordable media manufacturer's highly touted by Plextor for it's compatibility, wouldn't you think Plextor (and Verbatim to some extent) would do a better job of keeping their customers a bit better informed? After all, we're just the poor slobs buying their products and providing the money for their paychecks.
So... with regard to this thread... despite the rough looking PxScan, the Verbatim DVD+RW 4X Reorder #94520 functions without issue in both my 716A and my Philips DVP642 DVD player.