Here's something about DVD media from another board:
Reliable is a relative term.
Here's something I wrote recently:
"Best is no doubt Fuji/TaiyoYuden...way expensive, though. Verbatim is cheapest name-brand. Princo rulez the cheapie roost, and makes several other brands (LeadData, BulkPak, others...). Ritek is generally considered a step-up, and price reflects around a .25 premium.
As with cd-r media, 'great debate' continues regards quality v. price. With the A04, I was leaning toward paying extra for the Ritek's--but so far (as Ken notes) Princo burn fine. Neither cheapie likes to be burned right up to the very edge (I don't think the premiums do, either).
A couple stores that can be trusted not to sell 'bad batch' cheapies are rima.com and allmediaoutlet.com (which I usually favor due to free shipping). The price has pretty much been dropping on blanks until last week (they spiked up a tad--maybe due shortages/demand?). I expect it to drop shortly, particularly for higher-speed blanks. 1x dvd-r's are ranging around 65-70. for Princo and 85-90. for Ritek. Next increments are 2x for about that + .30. Princo 2x are generally seen as 'iffy', but Ken had luck with some I sent him. Also, many braver than I burn 1x Ritek at 2x (sometimes using hacked firmware in the A04)--but I don't risk. Then there is 4x from Ritek--which many use successfully, but they cost nearly 2-buck's (4x is the maximum for the A05).http://forum.firmware-flash.com/viewforum.php?f=2
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