Hi to everyone! I've been reading this forum for quite a few years, but just now I decided to register and join you.
So here's my problem - I'm a DJ and CD quality is very important to me, both audio quality and durability. I buy MP3 files (no piracy!), burn them as Audio CD and play them in all sorts of DJ players. And you can understand that there is NO room for skips, read erros etc.
I know that the best media is TY, but it's a mission impossible to get these in Slovenia (I also checked stores in Austria but I couldn't find any Verbatim/Maxell made in Japan).
So here's what we have here:
Prodisc: I burned A LOT of them (SmartBuy branded) without any problem but in last year or so their quality faded - maybe just with SmartBuy, I have to find some other brand. Older discs still perform excellent. I tested around 20 blanks from 1999-2006 and not a single C2 error! (I store them in CD bags in dark, dry and cool place).
CMC Magnetics: branded as Iomega, HP - very satisfied with them (I buy mostly Iomega). I have some older branded as Maxell, Fuji etc, some of them 6+ year old and most of them contain no C2 errors.
Ritek: branded as Verbatim, Fujifilm. They are awful, sometimes a CD skips in DJ player. Tried to burn them in different drives but it's the same result. Lots of C2 error - also on recently burned ones, older (3+ years) became unreadable.
Mitsui: branded as TDK (just bought one blank and was able to burn it with max 16x speed ). No C2 error detected, but I don't know how good Mitsui is since it has been bought by MAM-A. I know Mitsui used to be top quality.
Fuji: found it only as Fujifilm ''for Digital Photos with UV Shield'', haven't tried it yet. Very expensive (1,5â‚¬/1,8$ per media), black on the bottom. There are also SmartBuy and Verbatim ''Vinyl'' CDs that are black on the bottom - I have to see if they're also Fuji.
There are also other brands available to buy (like Multi Media) but they're total crap.
So what would you recommend? Should I stick to Prodisc and CMC Magnetics? Is Mitsui still ''good old'' Mitsui? What about Fuji? Is their high price justified?
Thanks a lot in advance!