[QUOTE=kyrcy;2780083]I have a few VERBATIM CD-R #43351 made in Japan 50pack spindles bought several years ago but never opened. The spindles are labeled Extra Protection and not AZO. Were these made by Taiyo Yuden?[/QUOTE]
Why don’t you just open them and read the ATIP?
[QUOTE=kyrcy;2780083]I know that they are no longer available so are current offerings from Verbatim any good? I was only able to find Verbatim CD-R media made in India and in China.[/QUOTE]
In my experience current Verbatim AZO blanks (with Verbatim / Mitsubishi ATIP) are pretty bad, as is most other CD-R media. The printable “professional” Verbatim media (medical grade, clear cake box with a white label) is just OK-ish, i.e. not as bad as the normal retail one.
If you can, get FTI made TDK CD-Rs, CMCpro Tayio Yuden (avoid the value grade ones, which are really B grade), or Traxdata Pro Ritek. In my experience (limited, would probably need 10+ spindles each to be statistical relevant) those are still excellent to good quality. None of those match the insane low BLER of old TY, though.