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Good CD media for an SH-203B that doesn't cost too much?

Postby I.S.T. on Thu May 01, 2008 2:36 am

I've looked on newegg, and the Taiyo Yuden media costs quite a bit. I guess you get what you pay for. Is there any other media that's not so expensive?

If not, I'll go ahead and get the TY discs,.

I'm using firmware version SB01.
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Postby RJW on Thu May 01, 2008 3:36 am

Depending on who, what, where.
Verbatim (MCC004) DVD+R might be a better option as Yuden000T03.

Better available.
Better support.
slightly Lower price in some cases.
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Postby I.S.T. on Thu May 01, 2008 4:08 am

Thanks for the suggestion, but I'm looking specifically for CD(Going to be using these discs on a PC that only has a CD burner, no DVD drive.).

I'm in the US, if that helps.
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Postby Ian on Thu May 01, 2008 7:43 am

Are you looking to archive data for many years? Then, aside from archival grade media, TY is probably your best choice. Otherwise, you can probably get away with using media from major brands such as Verbatim, Memorex, Sony, etc.
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Postby I.S.T. on Thu May 01, 2008 10:07 am

I'm expecting this stuff to last about five years. So, TY?

Speaking of the big brands, newegg has a 100 CDR pack from TDK for like 14 bucks. I figure that's far from a good idea...
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Postby Ian on Thu May 01, 2008 10:37 am

Here in the US, TDK discs are usually manufactured by Ritek. If you're expecting the discs to be readable in 5 years, its probably worth it to spend a bit more and get TY.
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Postby Wesociety on Thu May 01, 2008 10:42 am

Verbatim CD-R is also very good in my experience. You can occassionally find some good sales on this media at stores like Bestbuy.
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Postby I.S.T. on Thu May 01, 2008 11:13 am

Ian wrote:Here in the US, TDK discs are usually manufactured by Ritek. If you're expecting the discs to be readable in 5 years, its probably worth it to spend a bit more and get TY.


Pretty much what I thought, but I wasn't sure. 100 pack being that cheap is a friggin' joke, IMO.

Thanks for the information, everybody. :)
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Postby RJW on Sat May 03, 2008 11:03 am

Hmm guess I was sleeping when I typed my initial comments. :-?
Suggesting dvd's when you were looking for cd-r's.


I would so far only suggest to use TY or FUJI (made in germany not available in the USA) for cd-r's.

Most media seems to work fine for 3 years. But after the 3 years things start looking ugly.

Me and some friends had some media which we initially tested each year. The first year everything looked the same. We did this for 3 years. After year 3 we decided to leave the samples in their correct storage place ( dark cabinet), because so little happened. A few months ago I tried to read something back of a old cd-r which was burned at the same time and used a disc of one of the test batches. It turned out that the disc had become allmost unreadable. Luckilly my plextor 24/10/40A could retrieve the data. However, I decided to see what happened to special test disc's. It turned out that for the samples that I had, things didn't look that nice. I contacted the people who had the other disc's, made a few calls and the disc's were retested on the good old CDA3000 analyzer which we initially used as testing system. For comparisions we needed that tester ! Originally we also used mostly the allover quality score of the device. (Yeah that was a bit flawed. But hey it was years ago 8) ) (Also, it seems that the actuall specific errors reported are quite close to what a benq 1640 can report with cdspeed. ). However in short the results so far suggest to use TY or FUJI if you want to be sure that your media is safe for 5 years, but I haven't got all data back in yet.When all data is in. I'm planning to make a large post or a small article of it.


So incase of five years or more I would definately recommend you to use TY.(I have TY cd-r's which are 10 years old and scan still fine.) 8)
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Re: Good CD media for an SH-203B that doesn't cost too much?

Postby SkaarjMaster on Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:47 pm

Well, it's that time again with only 20-25 TY CD-Rs left. From this thread it still looks like TY 1160s from Rima.com are the way to go:
http://www.rima.com/Merchant2/merchant. ... ry_Code=TY

These are what I've ordered in the past, I just wanted to make sure it's still a good choice as there was some question last year. Thank you.
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Re: Good CD media for an SH-203B that doesn't cost too much?

Postby SkaarjMaster on Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:28 pm

OK, I'll take that as a go to order the 1160s.:)
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