I say so mainly because they mention the AZO dye method, which being patented would not be available to cheaper brands like CMC.
So if you have a local store for their goods (I assume that is how you got the CMC 'Verbatims') then my best advise is to try those discs instead. Those should be of the Mitsubishi kind, and with the very limited options you describe, buying those discs seems your best chance at top quality. Provided of course that your local store keeps those better 'Verbatim' discs in local stock. But if they don't you should still be able to order it in advance so they'll transfer some from another branch store.
At least that is how it works with stores and shops here in Sweden. As long as the 'mother company' carries the goods you can always order some, even if a local store ran out or even never carried those goods before.
And when the discs arrive, check the packaging (mainly the paper on the inside of the spindle cover) for the "AZO" logo, with the "O" being a tiny picture of a disc. That mark virtually guarantees high quality content. (Or a high quality lawsuit by Mitsubishi against anyone who faked their logo. :D)
Don't pay any more money without seeing the AZO logo, as its absence could mean another attempt to sell you some old shipment crap discs.
Best regards: dlanor
Considering good quality media, I always buyed Verbatim ... until I found "Taiyo Yuden"
It seems to be the best "public" manufactured DVD
Extract from some commercial ad:
Of course they are a little more expensive than Verbatim ... but quality is my top priority.Quote:
Taiyo Yuden - the worldwide reference among all CD and DVD media for demands on highest quality standards!
- CD and DVD media by the Japanese manufacturer Taiyo Yuden are deemed to be the quality benchmark of recordable media.
- A couple of tests verify that the Taiyo Yuden media have the least error rates of all CD and DVD media available in shops and stores.
- Taiyo Yuden surpasses even outstandig brands such as Fuji, Philips, Ritek, Verbatim and many more in quality.
- Special reflexion coatings guarantee a permanent protection of your data recorded on Taiyo Yuden media.
- Taiyo Yuden CD and DVD media are most suitable for long-time storage.
- Safely store data, application, audio and video files on Taiyo Yuden media.
- Taiyo Yuden achieves highest values in equipment compatibility of drives, players and writers.
- The quality of Taiyo Yuden media are constantly and thoroughly checked.
- In many professional areas like medicine, research and science Taiyo Yuden media enjoy increasing popularity.
Everything I've heard does confirm that Taiyo Yuden is one of the top quality brands, but that ad really was quite a bad example of this, and clearly written by someone who can't tell a modern DVD disc from an old Vinyl music record. This is amply clear when they try to boost their own value by claims of 'even surpassing' such crap brands as Philips and Ritek, and also placing them in the same range with Verbatim. That is just sheer stupidity.
But that stupidity should only reflect badly on the adman who wrote that crap, without letting it affect our opinion of the Taiyo Yuden media.
As it should be. But personally I'm not sure what is best here, though it could be interesting to think up some kind of comparative test for quality differencies between top quality media. But doing that correctly is no easy task. (It's so much easier to test crap :D)Quote:
Of course they are a little more expensive than Verbatim ... but quality is my top priority.
Best regards: dlanor