Michael Maardt 2012
Where to get the best CD-R and DVD media?
- not: Where to buy the cheapest CD-R and DVD media?
What's it all about?
It is about the producer, not the brand name. Example: Mitsubishi Chemicals produces for Verbatim. A disc has a socalled Media ID or media code, which identifies the producer.
I found this interesting page with many codes and a review of the different discs. The free software DVD Identifier can read this media code, and ImgBurn can do it too via the function Discovery. Media ID is mostly used with DVD.
I have only had normal discs with silve matt surface. You can write on them with a special pen. It does not look that good, but it is good enough for me. The socalled printable or full printable can be written upon with a printer. I have not tried it. They look nicer, they are typically white and cost a little more.
The best CD-R media are produced by Taiyo Yuden, second best Verbatim (Super) AZO, depending on the location of production. You can buy the Taiyo Yuden CD-R media "unbranded", but otherwise these are Taiyo Yuden: Plextor CD-R, Verbatim Pastel CD-R, Verbatim Extra Protection CD-R Made in Japan (must be Made in Japan).
2. Verbatim AZO (new name) or Super AZO (old name) produced in Taiwan, China or Mexico are as good as Taiyo Yuden (produced in India is of lower quality, but still better than most ofther discs).
Verbatim is the only worth buying.
DVD+R and and DVD-R Single Layer
2009: Most compatible is 8x media with the best quality is Taiyo Yuden 8x DVD+R (YUDEN000 T02), Verbatim 8x DVD+R (MCC003), Taiyo Yuden 8x DVD-R (TYG02) and Verbatim 8x DVD-R (MCC02RG20).
2008: Most compatible 16x media are Verbatim 16x DVD+R (MCC004) and Verbatim 16x DVD-R (MCC03RG20), but Taiyo Yuden 16x DVD+R (YUDEN000 T03) and Taiyo Yuden 16x DVD-R (TYG03) are also really good.
Verbatim 16x DVD+R media Made in Japan are YUDEN000 T03 produced by Taiyo Yuden.
Verbatim 16x DVD-R are MCC03RG20, if Made in Taiwan or Made in India, and here Made in Taiwan are a bit better.
Verbatim 16x DVD-R media Made in Japan are TYG03 produced by Taiyo Yuden.
Plextor 16x DVD medier are always Taiyo Yuden.
Real Maxell Made in Japan DVD+R og DVD-R are good.
Taiyo Yuden 8x DVD+R is the best DVD media ever made - better than 8x DVD-R and better than the 16x variants.
DVD+RW og DVD-RW
Verbatim best choice.
Most DVD-RAM media are made by Matshita/Panasonic and are excellent. They are being sold under brands like Panasonic, Verbatim, JVC, TDK and Maxell.
Verbatim DVD-RAM media made by Matshita/Panasonic have a Hard Coat Protection. This make them scratch-resistent.
DVD+R Dual/Double Layer
Only Verbatim are good.
DVD-R Dual/Double Layer
Avoid these, because they are not compatible with most DVD players.
Want the best: 1. Taijo Yuden or 2. Verbatim.
A 50-pack weighs 1kg and a 100-pack 2kg.
Normal shops for the 'normal user'
I live in Denmark !
I start shopping simultaneously at several shops and at a certain point it turns out, where it is best.