Who makes the very best DVD-R disc for purchase in US?

vbimport

#1

I have a Pioneer DVR-108 & want to buy the very best blank DVD-Rs for data archival. Quality is of the essence here. I want the best discs and I live in the US. What discs do I buy and where’s the best place to order them from? I heard Taiyo Yuden, Verbatim, and Ritek G05 are all good, but I want to know who’s the very best out of all of them. I don’t want to buy, say 300 blanks and find out I could’ve gotten something better elsewhere. Let me know, thanks very much.


#2

Verbatim, Taiyo Yuden, Fujifilm (Prodisc), and Maxell are all good. A lot depends on your recorder. Most work best with this or that brand. If you try Ritek get the Ridata Branded. I have heard they are trying to regain customer trust after selling some fair to bad G05’s. I have better luck with DVD+R for exceptional burns. The Verbatim, Fujifilm 8X (Taiyo Yuden’s), and Taiyo Yuden 8X DVD+R’s are the best I have found. I have tried most of the popular brands. The Verbatim 16X DVD+R’s are also very good. Again, it depends on your burner. Some burner firmwares are better turned for some brands over others. I recommend that you buy disks of the same right speed as you recorder and burn them at that speed. I burn with a Liteon 832S and Benq 1620. They are exeptional burners and burn almost anything I feed them. Check out the newest firmware for your drive as it usually burns well with more media. Here is a scan of Verbatim 8X DVD+R on my 832 burned at 8X and scanned at 8X.



#3

Just a thought; the generally accepted speed for Liteon scans here is 4X. I allows people to have one less variable when they compare.


#4

If price is no object, premium Taiyo Yuden would be my recommendation. www.rima.com


#5

It is always a matter of writer + best media for your writer.
That being said, the Pioneer 108 is an excellent DVD-R burner.
It does a damn good job with TYG02 and MCC (Verbatim) media.
http://www.cdfreaks.com/article/179/6


#6

I don’t think you can do much better than TY and Verbatim MCC. The only problem is a lot of -R Verbatim is the MCC code made by CMC rather than Prodisc. That being said, TY has to win.


#7

Yeah, the stuff in my tests was Singapore MCC media. :smiley:


#8

I’m using the Verabtim 8x DVD-R’s MCC 02RG20.
Are they not as good as the CMC?


#9

Besides:
@wesociety:
Could you have a look at my post here:
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=133808
Thanks!

(You are very active man…an answer in every post, now I understand how you got near 4000 post :cool: )


#10

All MCC 02RG20 discs are pretty good stuff.
MCC 02RG20 discs can be manufactured at a variety of locations.
Some are made by CMC for Verbatim, some are made by Prodisc for Verbatim, etc.

Sometimes :stuck_out_tongue: , I’ll check your other thread.


#11

TY from www.rima.com all the way here. It’s all I ever use now. I too, find wasting time and money on anything less than the BEST of the best media to be just that, a waste of time and money.

JD


#12

Are those premium or value quality discs?


#13

Premium. Value is always sold as 4X in the US even though some are 8X. Rima has no 4X. If you see 4X TY anywhere I would assume it is Value.

This may well change in the future as 8X is eliminated in favor of 12X, but for the next few months that is the case.


#14

You must mean 16x ;). There really aren’t any “12x DVD±R discs”.


#15

Is it safe to burn at slower speeds like 1 to 4x or even 8x on a faster disc, like a 16x disc? Does disc quality go down as the rated speed increases? I’m just looking for the best discs and don’t care about speed.


#16

Sometimes it is and sometimes it isn’t. It depends on the media, the burner and the burner’s firmware.

Example: Verbatim DataLifePlus DVD+R 16x burnt at 6x on my Plextor PX-712A (fw 1.06) is excellent, but not much better than when burnt @12x (max).

Example: Verbatim DataLifePlus DVD-R 8x burnt at 2x on my NEC ND-3500AG (fw 2.TB) is a COASTER - totally unreadable past the first few hundred megabytes. The same media burnt at 6x, 8x or 12x on the same burner is excellent.


#17

Yup, anyways if you are buying the faster discs then it doesn’t make much sense to burn it at a slower speed. It certainly doesn’t affect the quality any by burning faster.


#18

What if my system can’t keep up with 8x or 16x (being that 16x DVD data rate = about 144x if it were CD)? Would burn quality be low if it went into buffer underrun-proof mode, say 30 times in a burn? I’m on an AMD Sempron 2300+ 1.27 GHz with 512 MB of DDR RAM, have a Maxtor 30-GB 7200-RPM HDD and a Seagate 20-GB 5400-RPM HDD. I plan to buy 8x Taiyo Yuden DVD-R discs from rima.com (100 for 43 USD). These work well on a Pioneer DVR-108 (FW 1.19), right?


#19

Yes, they should work just fine. I actually used to burn @ 4x on my 8x TYG02 DVD-R discs from rima.com when I was running my Pioneer 105 burner (can’t burn higher than 4x ) and they worked just fine.


#20

Thanks very much. If anyone has any more info about the discs, leave it here. :slight_smile: