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First Look - TDK Armor Plated DVD-R Discs

Postby Ian on Mon Mar 24, 2003 10:31 am

For months now, TDK has been hyping up their new Armor Plated DVD-R discs. We were able to score a few pre-production samples and we put them to the test. Are these discs as tough as TDK claims? You'll have to check out our article to find out.

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Postby MikeTR on Mon Mar 24, 2003 11:15 am

No .44 Magnum test? Jeezz..... :roll:

Just kidding (in case anyone wondered):wink:.

Now if only TY did something like this for CD-R's. That would keep me from having to recopy those car cd's so often.
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Postby cfitz on Mon Mar 24, 2003 11:17 am

MikeTR wrote:Now if only TY did something like this for CD-R's. That would keep me from having to recopy those car cd's so often.

Ah, but see, they've got you right where they want you. A guaranteed repeat customer... :( :wink:

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Postby MikeTR on Mon Mar 24, 2003 1:06 pm

cfitz wrote:Ah, but see, they've got you right where they want you. A guaranteed repeat customer... :( :wink:
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Yup, thats the basics of all economics for ya.
They figure were stupid enough to fall for it (and they appear to be right).
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Postby MediumRare on Mon Mar 24, 2003 4:31 pm

How does the "top" (label) side stand up to maltreatment? I always thought that that's the one to worry about because it's closer to the information layer.

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Postby jase on Tue Mar 25, 2003 10:39 am

MediumRare, on a DVDR the data layer is "sandwiched" between two layers of plastic (equal in thickness so the data layer is equidistant to the two surfaces, hence the reason DVDRs can be dual-sided), therefore the top layer is no more vulnerable than the data layer.

Ian, did you do a readability test before and after with the two DVDRs?

MikeTR, if the TY discs are only lasting a short time, why not just buy cheap discs for the car and keep a master on a TY? By the time the disc has degraded it'll have been scratched to the point of being unusable anyway :) You know, just any half-decent Ritek/Prodisc/CMC or similar cheapie with a decent top coating. It's what I do.....
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Postby Ian on Tue Mar 25, 2003 10:47 am

jase wrote:Ian, did you do a readability test before and after with the two DVDRs?


I couldn't read either disc after the test. The "Brand X" for obvious reasons.. but with the TDK media, I think the sand paper damaged it a little too much.
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