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Can some one Recommend the Best DVD Media to me

Discussion in 'DVD±R media' started by Tmb04, Jun 3, 2007.

  1. Tmb04

    Tmb04 Member

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    I'm pretty new to the whole DVD Burning Community, But I have been trying to burn TV Shows/Movies lately with no luck. I was hoping someone could Recommend the best Blank DVD R's that I could get and maybe even explain some differences for me as well. If it's of any help at all, i'll tell you that I try to burn DVD's using a HP DVD740e Drive. So knowing this, can someone recommend The Best Type of Blank DVD Media for me?
     
  2. IHoe

    IHoe Senior member

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    read about your burner here:
    http://www.videohelp.com/dvdwriters...&hddvdrom=&orderby=Name&hits=50&Search=Search

    here is a media guide for you:
    http://www.digitalfaq.com/media/dvdmedia.htm
    read about blank media! the guide is just that.... use it as a rule of thumb but only your own experience with your drive will tell you what works for you!

    the assessment of what media is good and what is not is this rule: MIJs are the best! MIJ=Made in Japan. read the label on the box or spindle and buy the ones that say MIJ on it! Verbatim is top notch brand coding out to MCC most of the time! here is a program (free) that you can find the manufacturers ID code: http://dvd.identifier.cdfreaks.com/

    now you're equipped to make your own decisions on media works best for your drive!

    and the best media that most members agree on is Taiyo Yuden and Verbatim. Taiyo Yuden can only be bought from online stores like Rima.com, Supermeidastore.com, Newegg.com, Meritline.com.... look for the sales..... I only use Taiyo Yuden disks! they are the ones most recognized by most dvd burners and players!

    Correction: you might find other brands that code out to Taiyo Yuden that you can find in the stores (BestBuy, CircutCity, CompUSA,etc). Brands like Sony, Fuji and others that have the MIJ on the label are usually from Taiyo Yuden.... but, be warned, they are hard to find in the stores. That's why I go online and buy mine! Only Taiyo Yuden for me!

    Also read about booktyping your drive.... http://k-probe.com/bitsetting-booktype-faq.php
    some burners can be booktyped so it will fool players that the burned DVD is a store bought DVD so it will be more compatible with players! You can only booktype if your drive allows it and only the +R media. Read the article above (link).
     
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  3. JoeRyan

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    Only half of what is written in digitalfaq makes any sense. The other half is erroneous, misleading, or just plain bizarre. Unless one is knowledgeable enough to sort the halves, this is one guide that should not be recommended reading for anyone who wants to learn something.
     
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    Well i'm considering on getting a 100 pc of Taiyo Yuden. But I would like to know if they're compatible with PS2 and XBOX? The Maxell DVD's that I use now only work on my DVD Player, they wont work on my PS2 or even my PC.
     
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    well.....I'm not going into how good or bad DigitalFAQ's media guide is or isn't! Until there's a better media guide out there then I'll recommend that guide... but as far as a show of media and whether it's good or bad.... the guide is adequate and is worth knowing as a form of what's out there!

    I record with only Taiyo Yuden (99% of my recordings are Taiyo Yuden) and my copies play fine on XBox 360.
     
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    tys are great. i use verbs and sony most of the time. i dont like putting my cc# out there(online)much.
     
  7. ironD

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    I have always been a Verb guy, then someone gave a few 8x R+ Taiyo Yuden the ol TO2's and today I would say they are far and above anything else you can spend your money on, Now that being said I still like the MCC004's that is the name for the 16X R+ Verbatim disc. If I had only those I would be more than happy to live with them.

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    Rule #1 is that the brand name (Memorex, HP, Maxell, etc.) on the package rarely matters. Most companies do not design and manufacture their own media, but have it made for them by others. Sony and Verbatim are exceptions (though Verbatim contracts out the actual pressing of their discs), and both have above average quality. A few companies used to make their own media, like Maxell, but now have stopped doing so.

    As for the digital media guide posted earlier, a couple of things to correct in it. Generally, TDK media is really average to below average, not 1st class as the guide suggests. Ricohjpn media is better than the guide indicates. And CMC media is not as bad as that guide and some around here suggest (it is about average media).

    The top media manufacturers to buy, in order:
    1. Taiyo Yuden (also sold under some brand names)
    2. Verbatim (can be made in Japan, Taiwan, or India--some have found quality control problems with the made in India discs)
    3. Sony
     
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    OK, can someone explain what LightScribe is? Can someone also tell me the difference between Branded and Retail?
     
  10. JoeRyan

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    The HP LightScribe website is not as clear about LightScribe as it could be, and does not mention any deficiencies at all. Usually the promoter or provider of a technology or product has decent (that means thorough, clear, and understandable) explanations of what it is, but that is getting more rare these days. I found the white papers on the Memorex web site to be the easiest to understand and very clear as well as being free of Memorex commercials. I found one white paper on labeling that covers LightScribe and all other forms of printing--see the link below. This paper does come across as a bit more "commercial" than others, but it does an excellent job of comparing paper, thermal, ink-jet, and LightScribe printing, with all the positives and negatives of each. You will probably find all the answers you need about LightScribe here, as well as a competitive version called TransFlash that is just starting to get some traction.

    http://www.memorex.com/html/white_papers_one.php?WP_SID=2
     

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