blank DVDs--best brands?

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I need to purchase more DVDs.  My first batch was "Legacy DVD-R" and I
had about 5 bad discs in a pack of 100 (is this about right??).  I'm
interested in better-than-average brands, and perhaps the best places
to buy online.  Thanks.

Re: blank DVDs--best brands?

Phisherman, 2/22/2006, 8:31:10 AM,

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We use Verbatim blank DVDs for recording of simulator sessions.  They
are the most consistent ones we've found so far.

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I use Verbatim also- mostly because they are available locally, and they are
in the "Recommended" list on the Plextor site for my DVDRW.

Check on the website of you DVD manufacturer- see if they have a recommended
media list. It can actually make a difference. Plextor includes writing
properties of tested media in the firmware of the DVD writers- my 4X
Verbatim dual layer media is written at 6X by default.


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My own personal preferences:

1. Taiyo Yuden.  Generally considered the best available, and priced
appropriately.  You need to be careful of buying counterfeits though.
One of the brands noted to use a counterfeit Taiyo Yuden Media IDs is
a brand called "legacy".  Not sure if that's what you got.  Faking the
IDs lets you burn at faster speeds (as the drive thinks it's looking
at Taiyo Yuden), but as the ID doesn't match the media, it may or may
not give optimal results.  

If you usually buy off the shelf at office supply stores, the Fuji
brand blanks that are marked "Made in Japan" are made by Taiyo Yuden.
You don't have to worry about the major brands using counterfeit

2. ProDisc.  Probably not much more in price than those crappy Legacy
discs you bought, but I find they give consistently low error rates. A
really good bargain, IMO.  A brand called "SmartBuy" uses these discs,
and is commonly stocked by mom&pop computer stores.  The major
drawback with these is that their mascot looks like a stoned
cockroach, which turns some people off (at least they got rid of that
goofy lime green and baby blue colour scheme they used to use).  Other
than that, it's really good media.

3. RiData.  Note, I wrote RiData.  That's on purpose.  It's the Retail
brand for Ritek, and it has passed Quality control.  The reason why I
make the distinction is that some people try to save a few bucks
buying the unbranded Arita stuff and get burned.  Avoid buying
unbranded Ritek media unless you it's from a well established retailer
that handles a LARGE amount of volume, because Ritek only sells their
unbranded A-grade media in those big Shipping container loads (think
of something the size of the trailer of a transport truck).  Most
businesses can't move that kind of volume, so if you see a deal on
unbranded Ritek discs, be suspicious.  I think the only retailer big
enough to move those volumes for direct to customer retail might be
meritline, but a few people have reported problems with their
unbranded media too, so just know what you're buying.

4. Mitsubishi.  The "Made in Japan" discs are preferable.  The "Made
in Taiwan" discs are made under license by CMC magnetics.  I've
personally not had any problems with either of these discs, but some
people have reported some problems with the Taiwanese discs.  This is
what Verbatim uses, and Fuji's "Made in Taiwan" discs have been known
to sometimes use these as well.  I'm not saying they're bad.  As I
said, I've never had any issues with any of the Mitsubishi discs, no
matter where they were made or who's brand they were sold under.
Others have though, so you might want to try a small sample first to
see if your drive likes the discs or not.

5. Sony.  Not much I can say about Sony.  I get good burns.  The
actual Sony brand discs are a bit higher priced.  If you can find a
stack of BenQ DVD-R (4x or 8x) discs, it's an even better deal as
they're Sony discs and they're usually sold at a lower price (though
I've only seen them in 100disc spindles).  I don't know who makes
BenQ's DVD+R discs, but it's not Sony and I've not tried those.

ProDisc is the stuff I use for my day to day burning.  All of these
brands give me very good, low error burns.  I find the ProDisc and
RiData discs are the best bargain.  There are cheaper discs out there,
but I'd only trust those to rest my drink on.

If you must go by brand names, Fuji, Verbatim, Sony, and BenQ (the
DVD-R discs are Sony media) are good.


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TDK brand are among the best.


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I think MCheu covered it very well, and I'll echo the recommendation of
Taiyo Yuden as the best available.  These test better on my two Lite-On
burners than anything else, even Verbatim, and can be purchased in bulk at and

As MCheu mentioned, be careful buying TY's anywhere else, as counterfeits do
exist.  Some Sony-branded disks are TY, along with some other brands, but
it's a crap-shoot since you don't know what you'll get 'til you check the
individual disks.  I've used about 500 TY's in the past six months, some
Sony-branded and the rest unbranded, and have had zero coasters from that
group.  In addition, they test so consistently well that I somethings think
running disk-quality tests for every disk is a waste of time.  I have never
seen a PIF >2 on any of the TY's.  As MCheu said, they're priced according
to their quality (best), but you can find them at the above sites for about
$40/100 for +R and $35/100 for -R.

If you use paper labels, which is NOT recommended, Ridata are the most
tolerant of imbalances generated by the heavy paper.  Sony-ID disks are the
least resistent, in my experience.  The best policy is don't use paper
labels!  I learned this the hard way and just finished copying 325 valuable
disks that I ruined with these labels.  On many I had to painstakingly
remove the labels before they would copy.

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