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OfflineLearyfan
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Quality of blank cd's
    #1163583 - 12/23/02 02:09 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

I'm just starting to realize that there is a difference between the many brands of blank cd's out there.

For so long, i've been buying the cheapest CD-R's that I could find thinking that a blank cd is a blank cd is a blank cd. The reason that i've changed my mind about that is because some of the cd's that i've burned in the past have started to sound completely shitty, or stop playing all together.

I used to buy these blank cd's that were so generic that they had absolutely nothing written on them. I liked that because I had a lot more space to write. Now I wish I had left them on the shelf.

My current stash of blank cd's are a little better. They are called Imation. Even though they're probably a teeny bit better, once they're gone i'm never buying cheap cd's again.

What brands of CD-R's have caused you trouble?

What brands of CD-R's do you like the best?



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Re: Quality of blank cd's [Re: Learyfan]
    #1163584 - 12/23/02 02:11 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

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Re: Quality of blank cd's [Re: Learyfan]
    #1163587 - 12/23/02 02:17 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

You get what you pay for with CDRs. Crappy unbranded ones are OK for short-term storage, but I wouldn't put anything I want to keep on them.
Avoid anything witha green/blue bottom. A moderate amount of exposure to sunlight will fuck them up! Silvers are the business, especially if you can get true silvers - look exactly like an original music CD.
If money is no object then buy Memorex Platinum CDRs, CD Players can't tell the difference between them and originals. CD/DVD players which don't accept copied material even plays them!


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Re: Quality of blank cd's [Re: Jackal]
    #1163608 - 12/23/02 02:49 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Are you guys serious? You can judge quality by color? You guys are some CD-Racists. :wink: . haha j/k

Seriously though, what brand names have you found to be the very best? I've never even seen black bottom CD-R's.

 


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Re: Quality of blank cd's [Re: Learyfan]
    #1163613 - 12/23/02 02:53 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

From personal experience:

Good:
Kodak (especially Kodak Gold)
TDK
Memorex
TraxData (Black)

Bad:
Verbatim
Datasafe
Most Unbranded Stuff

Memorex Coloured are cool :laugh:




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Re: Quality of blank cd's [Re: Jackal]
    #1163620 - 12/23/02 02:56 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

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Re: Quality of blank cd's [Re: Jackal]
    #1163656 - 12/23/02 03:46 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Verbatim is bad?? I've always found them to be very good. Imation is good too.


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Re: Quality of blank cd's [Re: zeta]
    #1163664 - 12/23/02 03:54 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Yeah thanks Jackel. If anyone has anymore favorites and least favorites please let me know.

I'm probably getting Fuji's for Christmas, which i'm sure are good. I'll start using those after i'm done using my Imation's. Does anyone besides Zeta like Imation?



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Re: Quality of blank cd's [Re: Learyfan]
    #1163727 - 12/23/02 04:40 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

If they have a thick coating layer on top they are fine I think. If they don't it will eventually start to ship off and the CD is toast.


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    #1163759 - 12/23/02 04:58 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Hadn't thought of that. Good point.

Only problem is, you'd have to buy them or know someone who already has them in order to know how thick it is.

Anyway that method of measurement is too hard for me. Just give me brand names.



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Re: Quality of blank cd's [Re: Learyfan]
    #1163763 - 12/23/02 05:00 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

I bye a box with 100 disks inside... or 50. They are good quality.


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Re: Quality of blank cd's [Re: Learyfan]
    #1163835 - 12/23/02 05:51 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

The biggest difference in quality comes from the dye used in the CD. Green bottoms have a cheap dye which is only rated for a few years of life, I think. Blue is rated around ten years, I think. Gold/silver is the best and is supposed to last for a hundred years or so.

Kodak makes great CD's. I've also just discovered a brand called SmartBuy that says on the package that they are one of the leading manufacturers. I have NEVER had a problem with one of their CDR's. My favorites are the black ones, cause they look like playstation discs  :wink:


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Re: Quality of blank cd's [Re: trendal]
    #1163975 - 12/23/02 06:52 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

best i've found so far were from sony. thick and i've not fucked one up yet.

I baught a Memorex spindle with white face and silver bottom, they work ok, but you can't burn them at higher than 4x or some cd players won't read them.

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Re: Quality of blank cd's [Re: Curious_George]
    #1164916 - 12/23/02 01:21 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

I trade live music recordings and I'll second the sonys are very high quality, they aren't that much more expensive and I've never had a problem with them..

Imation, Fuji and generic disc have caused me big head aches.

All these are major loss in sound quality over a year or less time. The recordings were all DAT, SHN, and VCD not crapy MP3 so more than likely it was the disc's fault.


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Re: Quality of blank cd's [Re: Adom]
    #1165099 - 12/23/02 03:05 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

hmmm....
i don't know if you can go on colour. in the uk, coloured disc's are more expensive and better. the cheapest cd's here are all silver, top and bottom. or they have a normal top on.
why this would be different i don't know.

i normally get datasafe media ones, 700mb, ?14-16 for 100. two cd's wont play in my cd player anymore out of around 200, but they do play in others.
i've found verbatim, memorex, tdk and other big brands to be much the same, but more expensive. although all my cd's are stacked or racked and less than 2yrs old.


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Re: Quality of blank cd's [Re: mikey_]
    #1165118 - 12/23/02 03:13 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Damnit, I don't know who to believe.

Some of you say that the silver disks are great, and some say they suck. Some say the colored disks are great, and some say they suck.

Fuji sucks?? They were the most expensive disks at K-Mart. I'm getting a 50 pack for christmas. Should I take them back???



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Re: Quality of blank cd's [Re: Learyfan]
    #1165176 - 12/23/02 03:37 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

They aren't so bad, I've had a couple problems with them but I know alot of people who swear by them and they are serious bootleg traders, I'd use them if they were free but I've had 0 problems with Sony so thats all I'll buy.


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Re: Quality of blank cd's [Re: Learyfan]
    #1165781 - 12/23/02 08:27 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

i am using black bottomed Imation right now too, and i think they are the best ones i've ever used. The sony ones are good too.
the worst ones i think are the memorex. those last ZERO time. kapoooooie.
thumbs up for gigastorage (so far i've had little problems, but friends report horror stories)
thumbs up for acer 80minutes.
thumbs up for maxell 80 700mb.


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Re: Quality of blank cd's [Re: Learyfan]
    #1166858 - 12/24/02 08:54 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Ive made 1000's of burns. SOme of my oldest ones being about 500 PSX games from like 5 years ago. They are burned on all super generic cds with the dark green bottoms and some blue verbatims and some of the light greens. They all play with no problem.

Lately ive been goin thru spindles of PNY cds maken vcds. THey are all light green bottoms and work fine.

The cds i try to avoid are the ones where the top reflection part can be rubbed off easily. I havent had any trouble in a long time with cds being unreadable and never had a burn go bad on me. Even my real real old music ones still play perfectly.


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Re: Quality of blank cd's [Re: Learyfan]
    #1166871 - 12/24/02 09:00 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

I've never had a problem with any CD-R.

I have had problems with Maxell CD-RW's though. Had a bunch of stored programs on one and one day it just wouldn't read any more. Same computer, same burner. As an experiment I tried reformatting the disc and it worked but I threw it out anyway since it wasn't worth the risk of losing stuff. I had more than one go bad. Don't know if it was a bad batch or not. All the other brands I've tried work just fine.


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