Other than Verbatim, which brand of media does CMC work the hardest for?
What I mean is, my perception of CMC media is that it varies in quality depending on who it’s manufactured for. When Verbatim cracks the whip, CMC says, “Yes, Daddy!”, and puts out quality media based on Verbatim’s high standards and tight specifications. On the other hand, when Staples says, “Can I have some media please?”, CMC throws them some leftovers that were sitting next to the garbage can.
So, who knows how to break CMC, and make them gallop like a champion?
Good question, though someone will correct if I’m wrong the origin of manufacture will arise in this question this fact alone will make it hard to determine the best brand that CMC works the hardest for.
Infiniti branded MCC (CMC manufactured) has been excellent for me so far, apart from the obvious Verbatim.
HP CMC media I find is…OK for everyday use, as is the Imation branded CMC. Seems to stand the test of time fairly well though, I have Imation-branded CMC E01 that are over a year old, and still doing very well.
I think that’s the only CMC media I’ve used, all the rest is various flavours of TY.
Ooops, no it’s not…I have some Infiniti branded CMC M01s which, judging from test burns, look very promising.
Edit: these are just my simplified thoughts and experiences. I expect this discussion will get quite technical
Yes, I guess CMC couldn’t have grown so much without Verbatim
CMC-made TDK should be okay. I still have some Verbatim Pearl Whites somewhere here, but I can’t find them at the moment. Most CMC should be okay, actually, if sold by bigger brands and not by small supermarket brands. I would avoid brands like TEVION or Bulkpaq which sound pretty fishy to me
Yeah, their coloring and labeling are awful, but they burn great and I use them for myself so I don’t mind how ugly they are. I have a large amount of 3+ year old HP CMC, no deterioration issues at all, they still scan extremely well. I posted a couple in the ‘old disc scans’ thread. And they’re nicer looking (blue).
I’ve got some CMC MAG F01 discs burned two years ago, Memorex branded. They were burned on a Philips TV DVD Recorder. Brilliant scans. The quality with Memorex can never be guaranteed though, so I don’t recommend them.
And on that note, when was the last time HP DVDs were on sale, not counting that price mistake at Officemax. I see that Staples and OfficeMax carry them, so price matching is a possibility, in addition to the use of coupons.
Ok, thought I’d post some scans so you guys can get an idea of what I am talking about with what I stated earlier. The first batch is scans of Imation Videos Photo Data 8x DVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) burned with three different writers, all at 8x :
Not quite that easy. Verbatim/Mitsubishi has on-site personnel (according to a 2004 interview, when outsourcing realy got started), and they provide much of what goes into the media. There is a real close oversight and participation going on. CMC is just real estate and extra hands, for the most part. TDK has a similar situation, though I think they let CMC weigh in a bit more.
CMC alone, with their own materials and everything, don’t really do a great job. They may separate the bad from the not-so-bad for various brands, but a lot of that does not really last. One month BRAND X is poo, while BRAND Z is decent (on some burners only). But next month, BRAND X and BRAND Z are both poo. A few months later, both brands are decent. It’s unreliable.
I’ve seen some excellent CMC results, but then I saw equal numbers of bad CMC results. The good ones all came off NEC burners.
The only thing you’ll get from this thread is wildly varied reports.