blank DVDs - differences in quality or just paying for a brand name???

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by AeroBar, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. AeroBar macrumors 6502a

    Jan 21, 2009

    I'm looking to buy some blank Double Layer DVDs.

    I was wondering if there any differences between the brands?

    Why are Verbatim so much more expensive than Mediarange for example?

    Is a blank DVD, not just a blank DVD?

  2. macizcool macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2010
    Some are better than others, name brands usually carry lifetime warranties (but not a warranty against your data, only the disc). I'm getting to the point where I cannot rely on optical discs for long-time storage. I've had several discs go bad. I have a spindle of Verbatim DL DVDs that I purchased when DL was first coming out. The layers are coming apart and some of my data is lost. I'm hoping DL DVDs have gotten more reliable.
  3. AeroBar thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 21, 2009
    macizcool thanks for responding.

    can you explain why some are better?

    surely they use the same process and materials.

  4. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    The same basic process and the same basic materials yes, but the quality of the materials and processes used can vary just like the quality of food and service can vary between a nice restaurant and Popeye's Chicken.

    Higher quality DVD brands will last longer, be readable in more players, and have a lower burn failure rate.

  5. jampat macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2008
    In the old days of CDR, different dyes were used by different manufacturers. Some dies were easier for equipment to read than others. I am not sure if these fundamental differences still exist in DVDR.

    With DVD's, I have had pretty good luck with verbatim and a higher coaster rate with some of the off brands. Unless you are buying hundreds, the price difference doesn't add up to much (especially considering you will probably throw away more of the cheaper discs).
  6. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2006
    My thoughts too. I used to have bookmarks for sites of info on dvd media that I referenced a lot but I do not have them any more, sorry. I would search for dvd media reviews and such. I remember sites that detailed media specs, manufacturers and also rated them for overall quality.
  7. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020


    Oct 25, 2009
    Verbatim is the only way to go. Anything else and you can get from 30 to 90% coasters. I've had all but one DVD turn into a coaster on me from sony...
  8. KeithPratt macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2007
    As I've been told, the key ingredients are the dye and the burner. Taiyo Yuden dye gets almost universal praise.
  9. Denarius macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2008
    Gironde, France
    We use an unbranded type for our SIVs and we get very few failures, plus we don't have the Verbatim branding on the printable surface. It's a shame that colourless dyes for DVD-R seem to be a physical impossibility.
  10. Tel Fraser macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2010

    If you are using single layers then its not such an issue but I would use verbatim for mastering as they always use the same factories so quality is not an issue. If you are using double layers then its only vebatim. Its all down to fail rate. Most dvd blank suppliers source from many factories so quality is an issue
  11. neonkru macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2009
    taiyo yuden is the best brand in the world providing blank dvds but its very expensive. verbatim is also one of the best but not so expensive as taiyo yuuden
  12. Droooooj macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2009
    London, UK

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