The Pro-Century line refers to their gold DVD-R/CD-R line as well as their new platinum alloy DVD-R.
The distinguishing feature between Pro and Value is primarily their capability for overspeed burning. The value are certified to burn within BDA specs at rated speed. The Pro are certified to burn within that spec at the higher speeds allowed by most burners. Since the BDA spec requires a very high level of quality that many manufacturers do not aspire to, even the "value" are quite good.
- Do they all use the same TDKBLDRBB(000) MID, and so there's no way to tell them apart, except by looking at the label?
All 4x FTI BD-R are TDKBLDRBB(000).
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If you only want 5 to 10 years and will keep them in a good environment, then our Value should also be a good solution.
Should I go for the Pro grade if more thank 10 years shelf life is required?
Longevity will be affected by burn speed. If you wish to have the most bullet-proof results at any speed, the Pro have the specs to give you that.
- Can't find the $2 Pro media you had mentioned. Is this $2.49 offering from TapeResources a Pro?
That $2.00/ea. deal sold out fast :). That price for Pros is a rare thing.
Falcon Pro will always have the "PRO" logo on the package like the one in this picture.
- Are the Smart Blu's rebadged Falcon Value media? I have not received any reply from MMM after sending 2 email enquires.
FTI doesn't produce any BD-R that are lower grade than the "value". MMM will not likely divulge exactly where their private label FTIs are specced, or respond to inquiries comparing their media to Falcons. It would not be wise for them to encourage a competition with a valued partner.