The rarest/most obscure recordable medium

They used (in limited amounts) also CMC Magnetics and MBIL media and early in 2002 also Vivastar AG DVDRs (only several thousands pieces bought shortly after Vivastar AG went bankrupt).
There were also different and independent “Sky” brand.

At Sky CD-R i had:

  • 97m27s00f (with the special Stampercode “SKY MEDIA MANUFACTURING”)
  • Plasmon
  • CMC
  • Ritek
  • MBI

At Swisstec:

  • Plasmon
  • Mitsui (fakes)

Not very interesting.

Were they made by SkyMedia, CSI/MAM-E or some Asian producer?
Did you have any Sky/Swisstec/Eternity/ARO DVDRs?

I also had Mitsui fakes of the last generation (Type 8) from Gigatain, Emtec, FUJI, Nashua and Otto Office. Stampercode at Gigatain was “CDR 80-020KG”.
The quality was relatively good, sometimes better than MAM-E … CSI.
They came partly from China, partly from Macao.

The Stamper code of Swisstec is a bit different: “CD-R 80 U3S272”
MAM-E … CSI should not be that.

I had Sky and Aro-DVD +/- R 4x … 8x from Optodisc.
I do not think Sky ever produced DVD-R itself.
Aro was the house brand of Metro.

First 3 Scans are from Gigatain, the last from Swisstec (1,1 Gigarec @ PX-755).

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They actually did produce DVDRs in their Yvonand (Switzerland) factory in the period of 2003-2004 and used several different MIDs (SKYMEDIA R01/R03, VDSPMSAB 001, Plasmon1 c01, etc.). They were the second biggest DVDR producer in Europe, after OMP S.A. Greece, until they ceased the DVDR production in late 2004.
Some pictures from their factory:


Wow !

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That´s very rare media, I guess

ATIP 97m20s14f (unknown)
stamper code “RE BM700 CDA Made in Germany 0304”

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Nice cyanine CD-R, made by CDA Datenträger Albrechts GmbH. These are becoming very rare.

Here’s some rare media. Made in Mexico by Kodak.

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I was lucky to find and buy online some very old Swisstec 1-4x DVD+Rs ( POMSA001-0R-000, made in Switzerland in 11/2003) and Commax 8x DVD+Rs (VDSPMSAB 002 001, unknown producer and country of origin, no hub or stamper code).

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Very nice :slight_smile:

Hope you will find a good writer for this media

Monarch DVD+R 4x, 10-Pack
no hub code, stamper code: DVD+R 81 (on the outer edge)

Maybe from Skymedia?
Quality is poor to crappy.

The better burns: BenQ 1620/1640, Pioneer 212
The worst burns: Plextor 712/755, Optiarc 5240

Also the better burns don´t run smoothly on standalones.

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Made by Monarch Photonics Corporation, a very small manufacturer from Taiwan.

You will find many burns from me in the Interaxia-section

Did your Benq also give up if you burn it 2,4x or 8x? My Plex 716 like it a bit

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Looks wonderful.