I, probably like many other newbie burners, were suckered into believing that optical media is all the same - It’s digital and produces an exact copy of a recording - Right?
Well, in part this is true. Now, the mugs that bought the cheap media thinking nothing could go wrong are waking up and paying the price for it. Big time, with lots of corrupt, wasted discs.
It doesn’t matter if it burns successfully to start with. It matters if the data is still readable in three months. I’ve had two CMC MAG brands - RiDisc and Bulkpaq both in 50 packs, and I’ve probably thrown out more than what I’ve kept. Maybe even a 50-50 burning ratio.
For most of us, this is unacceptable. We can’t keep burning on lousy media if they are unwholly reliable. CMC MAG, as the variation on them is massive are summed up in one word. UNRELIABLE. It’s production is erratic. Please, stay away from this garbage!
Now I understand that not many people can afford Verbies, let alone Taito Yuden, but needless to say, it pays a lot to invest more in decent media - and also for the dye being used.
Example - I always ALWAYS buy Maxell discs for DVD-R burning - As it uses a RitekF1 dye, which has proven to be very stable. This dye can be got for the same price as, or little more than, what CMC MAG is churning out.
CD-Rs I’m less fussy about - Infact, most of my CD-Rs are infact CMC MAG. Again, there is an obvious difference between cheap crap media, and expensive crap media, and on this playing field MBI have been churning out some fairly stable stuff recently.
Why do people still buy unreliable media? I can’t think of anything more frustrating than to burn something, than 3 months down the line it is uncopyable. Pay a little more, or shop better, and you can have undisappointing results!
(Eg - Amazon Marketplace sellers are doing a special on Maxell - 100 pack for ~Â£14! )
Edit - People that burn could do with educating so they don’t learn the hard with like I did