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What are the good brands of CD-R out there?

Discussion in 'CD-R(W) Media' started by tcwas, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. tcwas

    tcwas Member

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    Is it the same as the DVD-R brands such as Verbatim, etc?
    Is HP ok?
     
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    binkie7 Moderator Staff Member

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    The 2 I rely for CD's are Made in Japan Fuji and Maxell. I have Maxell's that are at least 5 years old that still play great. I would say yes to Verbatim and no to HP.
     
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    Very best brands of CD-R:

    Mitsui / MAM-A (Silver or Gold) - a bit pricey though.
    Taiyo Yuden (Maxell PRO discs made in Japan are Taiyo Yuden).

    HP discs aren't so good any more. Back in the days of 12x-16x CD-R, HP discs used to be Taiyo Yuden most of the time, but now I think they use Philips.

    Verbatim discs are pretty good, but not quite as good as MAM-A or TY.

    Kodak & Ricoh discs are also excellent, but are hard to find these days.
     
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    TY are the best cd-rs in the market in my opinion. But I think Prodisc and Ritek are great too and its easier on the pocket book. Found a new cd-r vendor recently, some of the best prices I've seen so far. http://www.burnsmart.com.
     
  5. noname5

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    Verbatim cdrs are inconsistent. I just got some that are cmc- poor quality.
     
  6. binkie7

    binkie7 Moderator Staff Member

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    Same thing just happened to me w/ verbatim cd-r's - cmc. Was not to happy when I id'd them. I'll stick w/ my mij Fuji (usually Taiyo Yuden) and Maxell.
     
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    HP LightScribe CDs are Verbatim ...

     
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    personally i trust to the large mark and they are always been > tdk, maxell and sony.
     
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    i keep tdk and memorex away from my burner
     
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    i got some hp litescribes and they are cmc mag junk
     
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    How do you know they are junk?
     
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    in my burner they won,t burn well enough for ps2
    and skippy on audio cds in the truck <some times disk error>
    maybe compatability issues with my burner
    but since i saw that cmc mag id i figured that was the problem
    they lightscribe fine
    my drive is a benq 1655
    do you find the hp cmc mag lightscribe cds to be good ?
     
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    Fuji "MIJ" always!!!!!...............
     
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    The only media manufacturers to offer LightScribe are CMC, MBI, and Verbatim. There are other brands, but those are the only licensed manufacturers so far. My testing has shown all three to be good quality CD-Rs with MBI lagging only slightly in consistency. CD-R discs can be hit or miss with car stereo players, and it is very difficult to find out what the problem is. Years ago Panasonic's 3-beam lasers could not read Kodak CD-Rs that were among the best ever made. The single beam readers were fine, and everyone else's 3-beam players worked. We never could figure out why that combination didn't work; but Matsushita switched to different diode/lens system, and the problem went away.
     
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    good to know
    I have gotten some verb litescribes and they work fine
    but i think i will go back to regular cdr
    i normaly use sony/ty
    what speed do you burn your hp/cmc mag at?
    i have like 17 left to play with
     
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    Just purchased 300 Verbatim LightScribe™ CD-R discs yesterday from Best Buy .. (30/$12.99) and they're all made by CMC Mag ... They record SVCD great and the labels burn just fine although using my HP740, I have to burn each label twice to meet my critical expectations ...
     
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    I always record at a speed below the maximum rated speed. A 52X CD-R will see 32X; a 16X DVD+/-R will see 8X. There is often--but not always--a reduction in errors if the dye is not overburned, and the life of the laser diode is extended by not running it at its highest power and heat level.
     
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    I always burn my music Cds at 16x (the slowest my writer allows) and I burn VCD and SVCD at 16x also ...

    Really odd about the LightScribe™ CDs ... I purchased 120 HP LightScribe™ CDs that were made by Verbatim (not MCC, but Verbatim) and I purchased 300 Verbatim LightScribe™ CDs that were made by CMC Magnetics, not Verbatim ...

    The CMC Magnetics made CDs seem to record video better than the Verbatims ...
     
  19. noname5

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    I loved the mij Fuji's but they're hard to find. Most say Taiwan. And buying online makes checking impossible.
     
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    MIJ Fuji's are made by Taiyo Yuden. So if you can't find MIJ Fuji's get Maxell PRO or some other TY discs.
     

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