I just got a look at the last batch of Ritek R03s from Newegg and I wondered how they could have declined in quality so badly and so fast. The last batch I had was no great disc but these had PIE errors in the 60s with totals near 200,000 and PIF totals near 2000 with a few peaks near 10.
Then I saw where they were manufacturered: China.
Any potential users of Ritek should watch out for a change like this. R03s used to be half decent. I have never seen anything from China worth the time to burn it.
I am going to borrow a few and try some different burns. I’ll post back a scan if I can find any way to burn these without embarassment.