I heard in this forum (I think) that the Yamaha Ultra Speed CD-RW discs are Mitsubishi Chemical, like the Verbatim Ultra Speed CD-RW discs. After trying 3 packs of the much more inexpensive Verbatim 24X CD-RW discs, I am unimpressed. My 3-packs were all made in Taiwan. From what I've heard, the Verbatim CD-R/RW media varies in quality depending on where it is made. The problem with buying the much less expensive Verbatim 24X CD-RW discs is that it is almost always impossible to be picky about obtaining Verbatim 24X CD-RW discs made in a certain place (i.e. Singapore or Ireland) because when ordering them, you just get whatever stock is in the warehouse, regardless of where it is made. I just don't want to go after the difficult task of obtaining Verbatim Ultra Speed discs made somewhere other than Taiwan. So, I decided it would be a great idea to try the Yamaha 24X CD-RW discs, since they are also Mitsubishi Chemical made. Since the Yamaha discs are considered "Professional Grade" and since they cost over 3 times what the Verbatim 24X CD-RWs cost per disc, it seems that the Yamaha's are worth a try. My initial impression was that Yamaha was ripping off the public buy charging over 3 times the amount of the Verbatim's per disc, but maybe not. It is possible that the Yamaha 24X CD-RW discs are made to higher standards than the Verbatims, and maybe at the "better factories", even though the Yamahas are also Mitsubishi discs. But after finding that my Taiwanese Verbatim 24X CD-RW discs (without a lot of use) can score a horrible max of 600 C1 errors with an average around 50.0, I just can't imagine how the Verbatim discs can handle a lot of rewrites unless the error rate drops down and levels off eventually. Nonetheless, since I feel the need to try another quality brand, I am going to give the Yamahas a try. We all know that the Memorex Ultra Speed discs are *horrible*, so the Yamaha discs are the only other choice that I know of. Has anyone in this forum tested the Yamaha 24X CD-RW discs? If so, where are they made, and do they have lower error rates? I realize that my TDK VeloCD 52/24/48 (rebadged LiteON) 67U4 firmware may be the cause of my write quality problem, but I feel trying different 24X CD-RW discs could produce better results. I am using the latest TDK firmware, and do not want to switch to the LiteOn firmware at this time. The Yamaha discs are at the URL:
http://www.yamahamultimedia.com/yec/pro ... 74m243.asp
and cost $12.99 for a 3-pack, with free ground shipping included. For anyone ordering the discs in the U.S., buy them from the 800 number (1-800-988-4184), not the website. Just visit the above website first to obtain the part #. They are currently in stock. The website is messed up--after placing an online order, I got an empty cart error at the completion of the order. The lady on the phone said many people were having this same problem, so don't order from Yamaha through their website unless you want trouble.