Opinions on Memorex seem to vary widely on Club MyCE and indeed around the internet, and I’ve come to justify that, in my experience… They weren’t so bad after all.
I often felt that Memorex, granted they always seem cheaper than the competition compared to Maxell and TDK have been a reputable brand which just seems to perform and perform.
Whilst in just about every aspect Memorex media was pushed out by other brands like Scotch, Maxell and TDK, they were no slouch compared to these brands. I felt their videotapes were better than these brands for two reasons. Stunning, lifelike picture reproductions, and the fact they had an index catalogue on the back.
They have much better durability (circa 2006) compared to Maxell (But even then, I doubt Memorex have produced their own video tapes…) and if I wanted an excellent middle of the road VHS, I would buy a Memorex.
Their CD-R media is also excellent, but again, not produced by Memorex. Whilst the new facelifted Memorex discs lack the lines on their discs (Which can be a bit of annoyance) They were always very reliable burning. I only ever got a laser calibration failure on a faulty burner that I was using. I still have a Memorex disc circa 2004 which still works to this day.
Since for whatever reason they always appear on sale, I would advise anyone to snap this up. I standby Memorex because they have a brand name to protect. (Which is my motto, I will always buy brand name media like TDK, Maxell, etc for my media).
My Memorex CD-R were made by Moser Boar India, so I guess I got lucky with mine. Memorex as a brand might not have been sensational, but for great results I always buy a Memorex. With how much slander there is on Memorex it is quite surprised they haven’t gone bust yet.
One critism of Memorex is of course their tapes, which were pure garbage. Actually thats an overexaggeration - Their Type I cassettes were pretty bad, noisy and unreliable, but their Type II cassettes were actually pretty good.
Their DVD-R media is different, however. Whilst all of the Memorex DVD-R media I’ve got in touch with have been okay according to scans from others I bought, I’ve never bought a pack because better brands were available at cheaper prices, I just don’t trust Memorex on their DVD-R side.
Infact, whilst I don’t outrule Memorex media, my preferred recording brand would have to be TDK for cassettes, Scotch for their VHS tapes, Maxell for their DVD-R, and whatever that is the cheapest for CD-R
Feel free to post your own experiences about Memorex. Whilst Memorex aren’t the best brand in the world when there are so many other brands at similar prices which can do the job just as well if not better, Memorex shouldn’t be consigned to the dustbin.