The Plextors came from SVP in spring 2006, and by the time I had concluded that they were a bad batch Plextor had discontinued their discs. :a
The unbranded discs were sold as “Datasafe” Taiyo Yuden. I had intended to get them from SVP as well, but in the end they came from UKDVDR (January 2007) because SVP were out of stock of a personal CD player that I also wanted. The first 15-20 Datasafe TY were ok (BLER of 0.7-1.5, very rarely any E22 and no E32), but then I started getting some unusable discs. By the time I got to the middle of the pack you could see visible disc defects, usually a clear patch in the dye in the shape of a small hair or other fibre. From the very begining there were some discs with small defects in the clear laquer on the top of the disc but this did not usually cause any problems. I have about 45 discs left which I use every now and again out of curiosity.
For the record I can feed Verbatim Pastels into my SH-S202N, write them at 32x (although the speed doesn’t really matter) and be certain of getting a disc with a BLER average of <0.2 and never any E22 or 32 errors.
[QUOTE=Arachne;2189994]Personally…I’d grab the “few hundred Pastels”…but then I’m certifiable anyway [/QUOTE]
Certifiably of sound mind I trust, after all I am thinking exactly the same. The only reason I am hesitating is that I would have to buy them from somewhere other than SVP (see above).