As good as the Verbatim 16x DVD-R (MCC 03RG20) media is when burned at 16x in my NEC 3500 drive, it is even better when burned at 8x in my Plextor PX-712A or in the NEC drive. Scans are available if anyone is interested.
IMHO this is the best media I have ever had, although it is not better than the Verbatim 16x DVD+R (MCC 004) Made in India media I have, but it’s just as good.
Taiyo Yuden 8x DVD+R media (YUDEN000 T02) is just barely able to compete with this when burned at 6x in my Plextor PX-712A drive, but it cannot compete when burned at 8x or 12x in the Plextor or at any speed in the NEC 3500.
Taiyo Yuden 8x DVD-R media (TY G02) can just barely compete when burned at 6x in my NEC 3500 drive, it’s lagging a little when burned at 8x, and cannot compete when burned at 12x.
So far I have only burned a single Taiyo Yuden 16x disc, so I’m not ready to comment about those yet. They are Plextor 16x DVD+R (YUDEN000 T03) BTW.
So at least with the right drive and firmware the Verbatims are great media, or at least the batches I have bought have been great. I definitely recommend them.