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OFFICIAL CD/DVD Media thread (info on what's good & what's not)

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OFFICIAL CD/DVD Media thread (info on what's good & what's not)

DO NO REPLY HERE UNLESS YOU'RE ONE OF THE PEOPLE IN THE 'KNOW' LIKE DIGITAL DOLPHIN, RAHZEL, BUCK, couple of others whose names I can't recall.

This thread is only for people to post useful info on. This is not the thread to ask questions!! Or to post comments. Go to Digital Dolphin's FAQ thread for that (link below).

INFO AND ONLY INFO HERE.

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From what I understand:

The best Verbatim DVDs are +R with TNR font.

Verbatims:

You should prefer the ones with Times New Roman (TNR) font over the Arial, on the top of the spindle (for the LOCK <-----> OPEN words). I'm not sure if this is still true. Will need info from DD or others.
They should look like this:
Arial: LOCK <-----> OPEN
TNR: LOCK <-----> OPEN

Click to see TNR Font in picture below:
[IMG]http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/4238 ... ab4.th.jpg[/IMG]

16x are as good as 8x, but usually only when burned at 12x
the + is better than the -, but they're both supposedly good.
Media ID:
Verbatim 8x -R = MCC 02RG20
Verbatim 16x +R = MCC-004-00
Verbatim -R (16x?) = MCC 03RG20

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From Digital Dolphin: his THREAD here.

The Digital Dolphin FAQ Thread
What DVD burners I suggest
How to tell real TY from fake TY

"If anyone's wondering, I am now of the opinion that Maxell's BQ 8x DVD-Rs are by far the highest quality media available in North America at the moment. The difference between Maxell BQ and Taiyo Yuden, when tested on a professional DVD testing system is like night and day."

RECOMMENDED MEDIA (IN ORDER OF QUALITY):
Based on current stock quality:
Maxell BQ Series 8x DVD-R
Emtec Gold 4x DVD+R
(these 2 may change places, but are close)
(big quality gap)
Verbatim Ultralife Gold 8x DVD-R (maybe? jury is still out on this one)
Maxell Plus Series (made by Maxell)
Verbatim (Made by CMC)
Verbatim (Made by MBIL)
Taiyo Yuden
Verbatim (Made by Prodisc)

Not likely to ever go on the quality list:
Ritek/RiData DVD-R
Prodisc DVD
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Glossary:

MIT = Made In Taiwan
MIJ = Made In Japan
TNR = Times New Roman
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from Rahzel:

so far i've tested MXL RG03 (plus series), YUDEN000T02 (sony branded), OPTODISC R16 (imation branded), MKM 001 and MCC 004 (cmc made). theyre pretty similar with everything, except the DVR-111D seems to love Optodisc +R media, so the DVR-111 does a MUCH better job with my OPTODISC R16 than my DW1640 does. so overall, the DVR-111 has better write quality with the media i use. but, the DVR-111 is a poor scanner and the stock DVR-111D firmware does not do automatic bitsetting for single layer +R/RW media (it can be crossflashed to achieve this, though). i'd haveta say i like them both equally. if i had to pick one of them, though, id probably go with the DW1640 because its a good scanner. thats just my opinion...
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Links:

Nero CD-DVD Speed
program for scanning media (quality check)
http://www.cdspeed2000.com/

The Firmware Page
place for official and unofficial firmware updates for your CD/DVD burners
http://forum.rpc1.org/portal.php

Videohelp.com DVD Media
info & ratings on specific DVD brands/media codes
http://www.videohelp.com/dvdmedia

Videohelp.com DVD Writers
info & ratings on dvd writers
http://www.videohelp.com/dvdwriters
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