This seems to be a very big issue for many people, but I can't seem to find any recent threads online, everything is from several years ago.
The top brands seem to be Taiyo-Yuden, or MAM, also mentioned are Ritek, JVC (as "Advanced Media"), and Verbatim. But there are dozens of types, different dyes, stuff that costs 2-3 dollars each (!!), and lots of confusing feeling on this. Taiyo-Yuden seems to have gone out of business or been bought out, some people say JVC are crap now from Taiwan, MAM are quite expensive and come from some strange website, etc. "Audio" type CD-R or regular data type? Azo dye or Pthlalo-Cyanime dye? Gold or silver? Obviously, going with generic cheap crap (1,000 discs for 5 dollars? sure!!) is not a good idea, but I don't think I need archival, gold-plated, individually hand-rubbed, super-deluxe discs either..
Can anyone recommend a good brand of CD-R media (that's currently in production lol) and explain why you choose them? (Cost, quality vs # of coasters, pure audio bliss, just because they are a pretty shiny object, etc)? Thanks!!!
(On a side note, it seems the general consensus is burning at a SLOW speed such as 1x is essential to good results, so that's a given but worthy of a different thread).
Very good question Wilbur currently my setup does not have any sort of digital component such as a USB slot I am sort of limited however there is a beautiful shiny ERC-3 sitting there begging to be used.
Post by knucklehead on Mar 2, 2017 18:23:21 GMT -5
Over the years I've burnt 2000 cds and dvds - maybe more! All that goes on to a cd-r is ones and zeros. I doubt one brand vs another is going to net you a clear winner. I'd be more concerned with the dyes used that over the years may not be stable - that might scramble those ones and zeroes. I read somewhere that DVD-R doesn't use dyes. I bought my first cd burner back in 97 or thereabouts. It was a Ricoh that copied a cd at 2x speed - had no error correction and once the burn process started it could not pause and pick up where it left off in the middle of writing data. Something that even the cheapest writers today perform almost always flawlessly. These blank discs are probably made in 2-3 different plants in China - using different colored dye is probably the main difference over another brand. I don't bother to buy one brand over another any more. I haven't made more than a couple of 'coasters' in the last 10 years. Compare that to when I had the Ricoh burner where maybe 1 in 5 might not complete due to an error. More often than not it was the instability of the Windows early versions. I bought high quality blanks back then. Now it seems much less important.
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I have a friend who is all about CD speeds. However for him it's about the ripping. So he is all about slower speeds. He compares to me which one is better. I don't really hear much of a difference, if any.
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I had good luck with Verbatim, Tayo Yuden, Comp USA stack....ooops, can't get that anymore. Some Memorex. I am using Verbatim's now.
Taiyo Yuden is my goto CD-R. A couple a years ago, JVC, entered in to a joint venture with Taiyo Yuden, and from I remember JVC has taken over the disc portion of the manufacturing of Taiyo Yuden/JVC media.