Originally Posted by howiebrou /img/forum/go_quote.gif So what's the best quality CD-R one can buy to burn tracks on??
Taiyo Yuden are known for their high quality recording media (CD-R, DVD-R, ..).
Their products are sold under their own brand name, and rebranded (Fujifilm, Maxell, Panasonic, Plextor, Sony, TDK, Verbatim, ...).
Yes, Taiyo Yuden is the best. But there's no guarantee that Fujifilm, Maxell, Panasonic, Plextor, Sony, TDK, Verbatim are all made by Taiyo Yuden. For example there's crappy Verbatim ones made by CMC. Get the CDR Identifier program which can show you who produced certain cdr.
Originally Posted by howiebrou /img/forum/go_quote.gif Wow, so many different brands. I have some Imation "music" Cd-Rs. Can I assume that since they were not mentioned they are, in fact, the dog's a-hole?
Try them out -- if work okay, fine -- if not, toss them out.
I went thru several brands of CD-R before sticking with TDK -- in MY recorders -- they all play in all my other players, too, even little portable Panasonics.
I vote for Mitsui MAM Gold. I have used them for years with great results. At a recent mini meet I played some of my golds on a Rega Saturn through a Eddie Current Zana an I thought my burns sounded fantastic on this system. There were three other HeadFiers present with younger better ears and they all thought the CDs kept pace with the high end equipment.
But let your ears be the judge. If the Verbatims or what ever work for you, so be it.