We all hear people praise Tayo Yuden and RicohJPN discs as being the top picks. I’ve usually gotten good results with RICOHJPNR01 and always used that.
Recently as I got new spindles of discs made by RICOHJPN I started to notice that the quality standards are going down it seems. I also got a spindle of 100 Maxell DVD+Rs and found out they were RITEK R02 - I would expect that the RICOH would be better - Well to my surprise I went through my entire spindle of RICOH and the kprobes are much higher (they are most of time within specs, but usually average in the 50-90 throughout the disc and peak up to 300-400 at the end of the disc. When using RITEK R02, strangely, the kprobe results are excellent, 10-15 evenly spread, and a much lower TOTAL PIFs. As scanned on both writers with same results. I’ve done some tests by burning some DVD VIDEOS and found out that on a lot of RICOHJPN discs there were occasional freezing and skipping while the RITEKs I burnt played PERFECT from start to finish.
Question is - have RICOHJPN’s standards changed by any chance ? Have RITEK discs improved ? Is it true that RICOHJPN and RITEK R02 is not that different and both are good ? I heard horror stories about RITEK but personally it is doing quite well - considering I had horrid results in the past with the SAME RITEK R02’s… Can I expect RITEK R02’s to be long lasting as much as the RICOHJPN ? Meaning will they stop playing after 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, etc…
I’ve had the same experiences with some CMC discs…with even better kprobes and playability.
Also I hear people recommend the VERBATIMs, those discs are pretty expensive and in my opinion aren’t worth a damn CRAP!