Ok, I know what I’m about to say will not be well received but I’ll say it anyway in an effort to stimulate insightful and constructive conversation about DVD media quality and ID codes. Prior to finding this site, I was happy living in my unsophisticated little world burning backups of my family vacation videos and pressed DVD movies. I still use a Pioneer A05 DVD burner that I bought in like 2001. The firmware was flashed w/ a hacked v.1.33 which unleashed the drive’s true potential. I have always used Princo 4x DVD-Rs without any problems (even burning at 4x speed). I have DVDs that are three and even four years old that still play (perfectly) on my two set-top DVD players. So imagine my surprise when I read here and over at www.digitalFAQ.com/media that my media of choice is junk. Well, almost junk it’s considered 3rd class media. So, I go off and arm myself with DVD Identifier, DVDInfo, Nero CD/DVD Speed, etc., etc. and I start thinking “Hey, I need to get myself some of this 1st class media!” But I guess being on the www.digitalFAQ.com media code listing isn’t enough because I see how some 1st class media (e.g. TDK, Maxell) still gets a black eye here and there when compared to the heavyweights (TY, Sony, and Verb.) which gets me back to thinking this is all really a popularity contest. So, I guess it comes down to what works best for each individual with his/her setup. I did find the experiences posted on www.videohelp.com/dvdwriters.php very useful when finding media for your particular burner or finding media codes for specific speeds of a particular media brand.