And doesn’t it seem a bit weird to folks that we’re pining away for Ritek, one of the most hated manufacturers on the planet? If anything, a switch to CMC would seem to be an improvement.
My experiences with CMC Magnetic CDs is quite dismal. They’re the only CDs I’ve ever lost data on (and how!), and they take damage from the passage of time at much higher rates than any other manufacturer I can think of.
Taiyo Yuden makes the best CDs I agree, but behind them I’ve found MBI to be close, Prodisc and Ritek not far behind.
CMC Magnetics, terrible, I wouldn’t knowingly give them to my worst enemy.
Though, if you’re looking for something special, Prodisc does some discs that, as well as being reliable, also have excellent aesthetic value. Personally I have always liked CDs that have coloured/black substrates, Prodisc does a lot of them for Memorex Cool Colours (alongside CMC MAG) as well as for it’s own brand and SmartBuy.
In fact, I just picked up a 50 pack of printable top black bottom Prodiscs from SVP. Great little puppies.
'spose that makes me a Prodisc man
But I digress.
If you’re just going to the store to get plain old ordinary CD-Rs that just work reasonably well at a good price, you can’t go wrong with manufacturers like Ritek, Prodisc, MBI and perhaps a few others.
So I would concur that switchin to CMC MAG is a downgrade, after all, these discs are probably not aimed at the enthusiast crowd. i.e. 99% of their customers probably don’t really know what they’re buying in any case.
Kinda like me back years ago when I acquired all those damned CMC MAGs :a