Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve noticed in a lot of the negative comments that people have made around the net about TY media, that there seems to be some kind of general consensus that most of the issues have to do with unbranded TY, but TY that is or was produced for Panasonic, Plextor, Fuji, TDK, Verbatim (EU), and especially Sony, doesn’t necessarily have the same issues.
For example, when people talk about TY having bonding problems, they also generally say that Sony TYs don’t exhibit the problem to the same degree.
Is there an explanation for this? Why is the branded media better? Do companies such as Sony provide or rather enforce an extra layer of quality control which is absent otherwise?
Also, in terms of quality, is the TY media that is branded essentially the equivalent of Premium Grade TY? Do you ever find branded TYs that are the no better than Value Line disks?
Lastly, when critiquing TY media, is there any difference between Premium and Value Line for anything other than general burning quality? In other words, is it possible that most of the issues with TY media are something that only afflict the Value Line, whereas the Premium Grade is less susceptible to them? Do Premium and Value Line TYs have equal problem areas? If not, do the people who test and comment on media quality and longevity make a distinction, or do they just lump it all together?
I guess what I’m really asking is, are all TYs created equal, or are some better than others?