What brands of blank DVDs are the best?

What brands of blank DVDs are the best?

We’ve always had good luck with Apple brand blanks. The charts below, from http://www.digitalfaq.com/media/dvdmedia.htm, rate blank DVDs:

1ST CLASS MEDIA – EXCELLENT DISCS:
Almost flawless burns with 95-100% reliable results. These discs are suited for pretty much anything. They will usually serve as excellent archival quality media, as well as video masters. These discs are often the most expensive DVD media, so be sure to take advantage of sales, when available. (Trivia: The 5 best discs ever created are probably PVC001001, PVC001002, MXLRG02, MCC00RG20 and YUDEN000T02, with exceptional quality burns.)

MEDIA ID  MANUFACTURER COUNTRY FORMAT NOTES
PVC001001, PVC001002, PVCW00 Pioneer  Japan DVD-R, DVD-RW PVC stopped making media in 2003
MCC00RG20, MCC01RG20, MCC02RG20, MCC03RG20, MCC002, MCC003, MCC004, MCC00RW, MCC01RW, MCCA01, MKMA02, MKM001, MKM003 Mitsubishi Chemicals, Mitsubishi-Kagaku Media, Verbatim Singapore, Taiwan, India DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL some  outsourcing 
TYG01, TYG02, TYG03, YUDEN000T02, YUDEN000T03 Taiyo Yuden  Japan    
MXLRG01, MXLRG02, MXLRG03, MXLRG04, MAXELL001, MAXELL002, MAXELL003 Hitachi Maxell Japan DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM  
SONY04D1, SONY08D1, SONY16D1, SONYD21, SONYD11, SONYS11,  Sony Taiwan, Japan DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW some outsourcing
TDKG02, TTG01, TTG02, TTH01, TTH02, TDK501, TDK502, TDK001, TDK002, TDK003 TDK  Taiwan DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R  

2ND CLASS MEDIA – OKAY DISCS: 
Mixed quality media, average 75-90% of discs tend to be good. These discs are not suggested for archival data or video masters. These are best suited for data that can be replaced easily, such as secondary backups or data/video distribution. In bulk, these tend to be less expensive than 1ST CLASS media.

MEDIA ID  MANUFACTURER COUNTRY FORMAT NOTES
RICOHJPND00, RICOHJPNR00, RICOHJPNR01, RICOHJPNR02, RICOHJPNR03, RICOHJPNW01, RICOHJPNW11, RICOHJPNW21 and others Ricoh, Ritek Taiwan, Japan DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+R DL some outsourcing
PRODISCS03, PRODISCS04, PRODISCF01, PRODISCF02, PRODISCR01, PRODISCR02, PRODISCR03, PRODISCR04. PRODISCG02,  PRODISCW02 and others Prodisc Media Taiwan DVD-R, DVD+R  
DAXON008S, DAXON016S, DAXONAZ1, DAXONAZ2, DAXONAZ3, DAXOND42 Daxon (Acer+BenQ)  Taiwan DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+RW similar to  Sony media
RITEKG01, RITEKG03, RITEKG04, RITEKG05, RITEKW01, RITEKW04, RITEK000, RITEKR01, RITEKR02, RITEKR03, RITEKR04, RITEKF1, RITEKD01 and others Ritek Taiwan DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+R DL reflectivity and degradation concerns, DL has layer break issues
FUJIFILM02, FUJIFILM03 Prodisc, Ritek, CMC, others Taiwan DVD-R, DVD+R outsourced media ID
CMCMAGD01, CMCMAGE01, CMCMAGF01, CMCMAGM01, CMCMAGR01, CMCMAGAE1, CMCMAGAF1, CMCMAGAM3, CMC00RG20, CMC00RG30, CMCMAG, CMCW02, CMCW03, CMCMAGW01 and others CMC Magnetics Taiwan DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD+R DL wide quality variance 
OPTODISCK001, OPTODISCR004, OPTODISCR008, OPTODISCR016, OPTODISCW002, OPTODISCW004 Optodisc Taiwan DVD-R, DVD-RW  
PHILIPSCD2, PHILIPS010, PHILIPS041, PHILIPSC08, PHILIPSC16, PHILIPSRW CMC Magnetics Taiwan DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+R DL outsourced media ID
LEADDATA01, LEADDATA, LD01, LD, LDS03, LDA02 LeadData Taiwan DVD-R, DVD+R  
MBI, MBIPG101R03, MBIPG101R04, MBIPG101W03, MBIPG101W04, MBI01RG20, MBI03RG40 Moser Baer India DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+RW poor firmware support, some of the discs are similar to MCC
GSC001, GSC002, GSC003, GSC502 Gigastorage Taiwan DVD-R, DVD+R  
INFODISCA01, INFODISCA10, INFODISCR20, INFODISCR01 Infodisc Media Taiwan DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+RW  


2 Comments

  1. Tetro 5 years ago

    I recently bought : Ridata, Ritek & Traxdata dvd-r media only to find that since new year [2009] they don’t work on my rewriter [LG]. coincidentally they are all Ritek g05 discs!!!
    Before newyear i never had any problems with ritek media but as i say i do, so from now i will be avoiding Ritek and using other brands that are not manufactured by them.

  2. We use Taiyo-Yuden exclusively. Just the most reliable in our limited experience. For whatever reason, we find CDs to be more reliable generally than DVDs, so we go with any brand for CDs.

    Would not recommend DVDs for archival purposes. 2 large cheap HDs (mirrored) updated quarterly are easier to organize and access.

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