Hello Le_Zouave, and welcome to our forum!
Taiyo yuden produces the best media around (although, this is what I know from my experience, and I guess that most people on the board agree with me).
Although TY media is very good, there are other brands that perform pretty good as well.
Verbatim is one of those brands that have good, mediocre and low quality discs. Some are made by TY, others by Ritek etc.
Prodisc and Ritek are brands that don't have a constant quality. For various purposes, I use lots of cheap media (most Ritek, but some Prodisc) as well, and it just comes down to a number of factors:
- luck (you may catch a bad batch)
- the writer you use
- the speed you write at
- the reader the disc needs to be used in
I know it can be hard to choose the proper media. Always remember this: if the data on the media is (very) valuable to you, be sure to use good media (I even make 2 backups of some discs). If not, (like a weekly backup), cheap media can do as well, if your system works fine with it.
If you want to know lots of things about different CDR(W) or DVDR(W) media, be sure to visit our Media forum, as there is a big amount of information there.
Besides that, feel free to ask