I just went out to a local Best Buy store today to pick up my first CDR media based upon the HOT deal that was posted, but was unable to find the specified Memorex media in the 40x and 48x speeds made from Japan. SO I went to another Best Buy and found the 32x, 40x, and 48x, BUT the highest speed which was made in JAPAN was 40x, which I guess is better quality than the ones manufactured from TAIWAN. From my past experiences with other products from both countries I would have to agree!
I confirmed that the CDR's that are made in Japan DO have the black spindle cover on them while the clear covers were from Taiwan. Thanks for the hint on that!
I would assume that even though I bought the 40x CDR's made from Japan and not the 48x made from Taiwan, that I should still be able to reliably burn at 48x with my LiteON 48246S burner that I just purchased for 60.00!
That's all for now!