Maxell wasn’t happy with their Ritek outsourcing before users even started complaining. From unofficial sources I understand they’re considering to switch to TY. Let’s hope they do.
Ritek is not low-quality media? How comes, then, that extremely fast degradation reports, for both G04 and G05, are so numerous? Recently, only Traxdata-branded Ritek discs have not been (yet?..) bashed.
For their +R media it’s not a clear picture, though.
If you only burn and scan a G05, it seems fine (sometimes even excellent). Re-scan it after several weeks and be scared. - this has been reported (and I have personally experienced this) for Ridisc, Ridata, Maxell, and of course for Arita, Rimedia and unbranded G05s.
As for the original statement of this thread, “MIT media is evil” , gee personally I find this sounds more like prejudice than opinion. There is MCC made in Taiwan and it’s neat, lots of recent CMC discs are good if not great, Prodisc is NOT the worst choice when going cheap and Ricoh rightly deserves its good reputation.