I haven't bought any cds other than Taiyo Yuden for so many years, I can't really compare. Never had any issues with them however. Of course I burn maybe 2 cds a year these days.
For dvds, I've always preferred TY 8x +R, but can't make myself dip into my stash too often. My day to day discs are Verbatim 16x, either the +R MCC 004 or the -R MCC 03RG20.
I'm nearly done with my last 100 count cakebox of Verbatim, which are the MCC 03RG20, and while the scans aren't really pretty, none have been bad either, and none have failed. Have a handful of the +R still lurking about in my blank media collection, so I still have some leeway before I'm down to TY again.