What are the best CD-R discs out there for consumers?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Basschair, Dec 2, 2005.

  1. Basschair

    Basschair .............. Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Stockton, Ca
    I've got a few stacks of Memorex CD-R's, and they're pretty good, if you're very careful not to irritate the bottom of them in any way. There's got to be a better disc out there, closer to the quality of the discs used by music companies. Suggestions?
  2. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    As far as CD-R technology goes, reliability seems to be mostly related to the quality of the dye used. Over the last few years I've found Imation discs to be quite dependable. Here's a site that has some actual test results for various brands: http://www.cdmediaworld.com/hardware/cdrom/cd_quality.shtml
  3. BSR6P-Bob


    Apr 5, 2005
    For regular stuff I've found the Philip's brand to be sturdy and reliable. For audio I've used the Apogee Gold for years with no problems.
  4. I really like Imation the best if that helps.
  5. Basschair

    Basschair .............. Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Stockton, Ca
    Thanks guys. I've used the Apogee Gold for a couple master duplications, and they are good. As far as general, daily use for music, back-ups, etc., I'll have to try the Imation and Phillips.
  6. I prefer the Verbatim 100 packs at Sam's Club for $13. Is there really that much difference?? I've burned untold amounts of CDs and never had an issue with any brand.
  7. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    I've had excellent results with:


    However, AVOID Sony like the plague, their discs are among THE WORST, you'd be lucky if any 2 of them in a package worked, hate to say from personal experience (Yet another reason I'm boycotting those bastards).

    None too crazy about Memorex either
  8. DemoEtc


    Aug 18, 2004
  9. Droog


    Aug 14, 2003
    I am all about Taiyo Yudan. Mitsui are good too. I just hate branded discs. So I will pay a few extra cents for something blank and of higher quality.
  10. Same here, only ever had one faulty disc from them (and im 3/4's of the way through my second 100 disc spindle)

    And they are fairly cheap and printable :)
  11. Drpepper99uk


    Dec 31, 2004
    Have to agree with Droog there on the Yaiyo Yuden discs.Most pro engineers use these and they have a low jitter rate and low error rate as well.Ok so you pay more for them but if your doing mastering or direct live recording work there woth there weight in gold.

    Forget cheapo spindle packs of 100 discs,there fine for copying stuff if you just need a temporary backup or a copy to pass around.
  12. canopener


    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    I have a pack of Memorex CD-Rs that won't work (burn) with my burner, though it is CD-R compatable.

    They do work in my friend's laptop, however. I'll second the 'none too crazy' about Memorex, too.
  13. el_Kabong


    Jul 11, 2005
    At least as important as the disks is the firmware in your burner, keep it up to date.
  14. Is there any sound quality difference between these discs, or are you just talking about compatibility/reader related issues?
  15. and reliability