ook, this is getting WAY off topic!
First of all, the problems people have been having with Maxell CD-Rs either being Ritek or Maxell made, all stem from where they are purchased. I would say that all Maxell 80XL-S CD-Rs are made by Hitchi Maxell, *IF* purchased in North America.... however there can always be exceptions. Regular Maxell CD-Rs in North America should be made by Ritek. Now, the European stock of Maxell CD-Rs can be quite different, and in fact the opposite! For instance, I have access to regular Maxell CD-Rs that are also made by Hitchachi Maxell.... but they never should have been brought out to North America!
On to the Ritek dye questions:
Please bear in mind, this is confusing as heck, and I may have become confused myself... but as *I* understand it, from what I have been told by Ritek USA, here is the explanation:
Ritek has several dye types that they have used in the past. Currently, they use 2, and only 1 officially. These 2 dye types are the regular JS dye type, and Ricoh's Dye type. The Ricoh dye type is ONLY used for Ricoh's OEM jobs through Ritek, and therefore not an official dye type in use.
Ritek previously, even as recent as last year (I believe) was also using an older dye type, which they refered to as 'G' dye, which is sometimes (but not always, it appears) identified as such by SmartBurn 2.0 as TG. The 'G' dye is supposed to have a greenish tinge to it, and the 'JS' dye type is supposed to be more silver.
Again, this is *only* as *I* understand it. RJW may also have additional info on this as well (??)
I hope that sorta clears things up a little
Punch Cards -> Paper Tape -> Tape Drive -> 8" Floppy Diskette -> 5 1/4" Floppy Diskette -> 3 1/2" "Flippy" Diskette -> CD-R -> DVD±R -> BD-R
The Progression of Computer Media