"but I've heard some bad things about them (posts #1, 4 & 9)"
Have you actually looked at the DATE of the thread you link to?? :bigsmile: (BTW this thread is mainly about CDRs..)
I think nowadays no Verbatim user would tell you bad things about their discs... I wouldn't :disagree:
The brand (what you call "label") subject is simple, apart from Verbatim, there is no really reliable BRAND (oh, maybe "That's", but never seen them in any store as yet).
Manufacturers, well that's another story. Maxell, Ricoh, Mitsubishi Chemicals and of course Taiyo Yuden have a good reputation for quality and consistency. Taiyo Yuden seems to be the only manufacturer that EVERYBODY praise. Personnaly I'm happy with Verbatim (Mitsubishi Chemicals - MCC...) and Maxell (MXL...) medias. Ritek's reputation went downhill and for good reasons. They had it coming....
About Maxell, beware: it's not because they manufacture excellent media that any Maxell-branded disc is great, because they sell other manufacturers' discs under their brand name as well (recently, for example, RITEK G05).
Want peace of mind? Go Verbatim (brand) or Taiyo Yuden (manufacturer). You may have both if you buy Verbatim Pastels LOL :bigsmile:
Have you read the MEDIA FAQ? Not yet? Do it!