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I'm interested to know what brands of DVD media have been found to be dependable. Verbatim had a good rep once upon a time, but I don't know if that still holds true. I bought a small pack of Maxell at my local Mart not long ago for a very cheap price. What a mistake that was. I threw away several of them immediately for obvious physical defects.

Just curious what brands people here like and use.

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I've used 300+ Infiniti in recent times, and never had a failure.

I think a lot depends on the burner however. Some media might work fine on one burner, yet fail in another.

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I generally use Memorex -R DVDs and haven't had a problem with them yet. I buy them primarily based on price -- $15 for a spindle of 50 discs. I have also used TDK and Verbatim with simarly good results. I also strongly suspect that DVDs in general are almost all made by just a few OEMs and that the ony real difference between brands is the label.

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I'm interested to know what brands of DVD media have been found to be dependable. Verbatim had a good rep once upon a time, but I don't know if that still holds true. I bought a small pack of Maxell at my local Mart not long ago for a very cheap price. What a mistake that was. I threw away several of them immediately for obvious physical defects.

Just curious what brands people here like and use.


We buy Maxell on sale at Office Depot in pretty large quantities and don't have any problems to speak of. Their house brand have been fine for us for CDs, too.

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Once I realized there was a problem with verification I went through the whole stack under a magnifier light. The ones that survived inspection seem to work just fine. The others had small but easily noticeable blotches on the underside. Stuff happens I guess.

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Somebody in our neighborhood threw away 2 100pk bricks of unbranded DVDs which K3B recognizes as Sony DVD-R 2x speed. They work very well in my Samsung & LG drives. It will be quite a while before I use those up.

Over the years, I've found that all the brands are pretty good when matched with the right drive but some combinations of drive & media brands don't work well at all. You might get a more meaningful answer if you specify the DVD drive you use.

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Phillips DVD+R 16x here in 50 packs. This is my second 50 pack and have had no failures to date and I always verify. Usually find them cheaper than some others. :turtle: Jerry

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The best media is manufactured in Japan. Mitsubishi and Tayo Yuden are the most widely available manufacturers. Next best is manufactured in Tiawan.

If you can find them (I buy online nowadays) I recommend either of the above. Currently Verbatim DataLifePlus (Mitsubishi) is the easiest to find for me. I use NewEgg but there are online retailers that specialize in media that will save some money.

I used to buy Maxell CD-Pro (Tayo Yuden) at Walmart but they quit handling it. Besides I use DVD-R as my default media now.

I wouldn't buy anything from India, Malaysia, or anywhere else. Only Tiawan or Japan. With Japan preferred by a wide margin.
There is a new manufacturer in the Middle East, I want to say Abu Dabi but it could be one of the other small States there, that is decent media. Based on Tayo Yuden technologies I think.

Note that the main differences in media is longevity. Testing will show a pretty big difference in quality of burn also.
Normally LiteOn drives (they make a lot of drives for other people) will give a quality burn on the widest selection of media. They also keep their firmware more up to date.

If I buy locally I buy Maxell or Verbatim. Verbatim by choice.

For some data: http://club.myce.com/ has a good forum. It used to be cdfreaks.com but widened its audience a few years ago to include about everything electronic.

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Normally LiteOn drives (they make a lot of drives for other people) will give a quality burn on the widest selection of media. They also keep their firmware more up to date.


That may explain my lack of difficulties. That's the only drive brand I use anymore, whether it be my home machines or those at my workplace.

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As for RW I hold dear to Philips, where verbatim honestly sucks. Often errors out, can't be formatted, rewritten or anything. If it can be read I'm lucky. I have had several from friends, all crapped out.

As for burners, Lite-on or Plextor, both have lasted for me for years. In fact, the burners thus far have outlived my computers! I am STILL using the Plextor burner that was in my old system, bought that burner in.. oh dear.. must have been ten years ago?

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