By now, I’ve tested several discs, most of them being Ricoh fabricated (i.e. Platinum 8x, Fuji 4x), Ritek (Platinum 4x) and MCC (Verbatim 4x). What struck me, was the ease with which these discs scratch. Only the very slightest pressure (i.e. sliding them into paper sleeves of a CD wallet) will cause several scratches (very thin ones, only seen under enough light).
Whilst these discs all have an organic dye, I was under the impression that these layers would not scratch that easily (the label side is supposedly much more vulnerable to scratches - the reason why you have to put down your discs with the record layer faced down). As far as I’m concerned, CDs have a coating that does not scratch nearly as easily.
What the fuss is about? Even though the discs still read fine, the fact that they can scratch so easily makes you think twice about the longevity these discs offer (which was a hotly debated point in the first place). It leaves me no choice, other than to keep these discs tucked away in cases, minimizing the chance of scratching (as opposed to sleeves in cd wallets).
So, does anyone else have the same problem with scratches? What do the experts (i.e. Rdgrimes, OC-Freak) have to say about this? I tried searching the forums but couldn’t find anything similar.
The vulnerability most probably depends on the type of dye used. I have no idea which dye (Phthalocyanine, Cyanine etc) is associated with a mediacode.
Even though assumptions can hardly be made on media, I found it curious to see the sloppy care some discs suffer from. Take the Fujifilm RicohJPNr01 and a RicohJPNr01 from a ‘lesser’ (make that cheaper) brand, i.e. Platinum. You’d almost assume (dangerous territory) that the Fujifilm would maintain a higher quality control and care, but it surely doesn’t seem like it. The edges of the discs seem poorly finalized. The MCC02 Verbatim 4x looks much better in that respect.
I’ve so far only heard of (serious) production differences in Ritek type discs. Are there any other manufacturers which share this to that extent?