It is hard to explain when you dont have highend audio system. I tested TY brand from Maxell DATA CDR to Music CDR, Fujitsu TY, Sony TY, TDK US made, Maxell CDR, Memorex Black, Verbatim Vinyl, Mitsui Gold and Maxell Gold, nothing comes close to the gold CDR. the Memorex Black is the worse among those, memorex black CD is no better than any of the CMC, Ritek and the rest of others. Maxell CDR is the closest to gold CDR, then TY. The Verbatim Vinyl, the bass is very flat and heavy. I dont spend a few dollars on Mitsui gold blank media for nothing and thus I use it strictly on audio only. For some reason, the reflective layer on gold cdr, the player picks up better.
Do me a favor, use TY to burn an audio CD, copy from original CD, not a cd that is burnt using wave files or mp3s. Make sure you use DAO or TAO so your software will not convert to other formats before burning. Test it with any MIT blank like media, and play back for A & B comparison if you have a decent playback system to distinguish the difference. MIT media is bassy, but flat, not tight like TY.
Here is another scan of Mitsui Gold, Rated at 16X, Made in USA, burnt with Yamaha F1 using Audio Master Software, burnt over 5 yrs ago. I dont know why I am so inspired to dig up my old CDs. I left home for so long and now back for the weekend and found so many of my old favorite CDs