I’ve been getting back into optical storage after a long hiatus. I burned a lot of CDs and DVDs back in my day, but I haven’t done much with BD, so I’ve been trying to play “catch up” to learn what media is good (e.g., good burn quality, longevity, etc.). However, I’m finding that it seems to be nearly impossible to purchase a lot of the media recommended in discussions even from just 4-5 years ago, and even harder to find media recommended in discussions from prior to that. Is it even possible to find real “Made in Japan” media anymore at all?
For example, Panasonic BD-R has always (from my understanding) been held in high regard. However, Panasonic BD-R (SL, DL, or any other kind) seems to be nearly impossible to find (at least in USA where I am) except for what looks like old stock that go for nearly $5/disc (for SL discs).
As another example, Sony BD-R was also quite well respected in the old discussions I’ve been reading through. It seems to have slightly better availability than the Panasonic – I can find a 50 disc cakebox for $125, but that’s still pretty darn expensive.
As for what I can find at reasonable prices (<= $1/disc for SL discs), it seems limited. Various retailers have Verbatim DataLifePlus 50 disc cakebox for a little under $50. Verbatim M-DISC SL BD-R are also not too fantastically expensive (around $2/disc), so that’s possibly an option for me as well. Then there are various “cheap” brands that I’m a bit wary of – PlexDisc is quite cheap, and I can also find discs under HP and Kodak names fairly cheap.
I’m assuming, though, that most discs sold under such names as HP, Kodak, or PlexDisc are likely to be not particularly good media. Is that generally the case? My first experiment with BD-R was some years back, and I bought cheap Optical Quantum media to experiment with. Those PHILIPR04 discs were awful – so that’s what I’ve kind of been expecting if I buy Kodak, HP, PlexDisc, etc.
What media are the BD-R fans buying in 2021? I’m anxious to hear suggestions given the prices I’m seeing and the options I can find to buy.
Oh, a few other notes: I’m not interested in fastest burning, fancy printable labels, or whatever – I just want media that will last years. If the discs are printable, plain, LightScribe, whatever – that part is no matter to me. As for burner, I have multiple burners I can use, so I’m not worried about finding media that works best for any specific burner. I’ve got a Pioneer 208, a couple of LG (can’t recall models right now – two are WH14NS40 IIRC, one SVC NS40 and one SVC NS50), etc. I’m not worried about the burner – just the discs. I also don’t care if the discs are SL, DL, etc. – anything is fair game.