This has been the worst possible news for me. As someone who does audio remastering on a semi professional basis, after about a year of dedicated experimentation I ended up using the Taiyo Yuden SPMPT CD-R disks for my CD mastering. And after some technical help from other members here showing the available burn speeds and test results, I purchased two expensive Pioneer S09J-X burners directly from Japan to burn the CD-Rs.
The results have been absolutely superb - I could not have hoped for a better result. And the consistency is just perfect. So having bought small quantities of the disks - again directly from Japan, I bought another 100 pieces a month ago.
I received them OK and I am down to 90 pieces…
So I receive the news about Taiyo Yuden about 12 days ago and immediately placed an order for a further 300 pieces, calculating that this should do me for the foreseeable future as an absolute minimum (though more would be nice). I was then planning to get one last batch of 300 after that towards the end of the year.
But as regards my current order, I received a reply in Japanese to say the vendor has been completely flooded with That’s (TY) orders, though my Visa card was charged. Two days later the charge was reversed on my Visa card and the vendor is now officially out of stock.
So I am really upset about this. I know 99.9% of you don’t believe different CD-Rs sound different if they have exactly the same bits but I can tell you as an audio engineer that these (admittedly expensive) TY disks do sound closer to my CD master than any other CD-R out there, whether tested on a cheap transports or expensive ones (though the differences are small on expensive ones).
The S09J-X burner and these TY disks were an audio match made in heaven, but it seems I simply cannot get the disks any more. It looks like the only viable supplier of disks from now on is going to be MAM-A, but I have to honest - they don’t achieve the results that the SPMPT CD-Rs do.
Although the TY announcement seemed to indicate that manufacturing will continue to December, I’m not really sure about that. The company may continue to supply what stocks they already have but I now doubt that if someone wanted 300 disks like I did - even at a cost of over 210,000 yen, they won’t be doing it. I suspect it is more likely that they set a cut off date of early next year for a total cessation of operations on the basis that this is how long they felt the existing stock will last.
I hope I am wrong and they will continue to manufacture for another 6 months, but given my expensive order was all but cancelled, I’m not hopeful.