An excellent summary of the issues. Although Media Sciences appreciates the
need for a central clearinghouse, confidentiality does not allow us to
disclose test results. There are numerous sites on the web that do offer
reviews. Not all are accurate, but the effort is there. Check out our links
Also, some distributors, such as NewEgg, offer customer comments. There is
no "one-stop-shopping" however, so be prepared to invest some time browsing.
Media Sciences, Inc.
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> Sent: Thursday, December 07, 2006 3:28 PM
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] The ways CD's and DVD's can fail.
> In a message dated 12/7/2006 11:35:37 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> [log in to unmask] writes:
> My experience has been that DVDRs are far less reliable than CDRs.
> Lots of only playing on the drive that recorded it issues. (The
> computer industry may have inadvertently created effective copy
> This has been my experience. However it is based on using generic consumer
> level systems. You must have quality components all along the line.
> 1) A good DVD burner up-to-date for the latest DVD types and formulations.
> 2) Reliable software capable with an intelligible user interface.
> 3) Quality media designed for longevity and uniformity.
> 4) Some good testing software to verify and monitor the performance of the
> 5) Storage conditions that will minimize the effects of aging on the
> There has been a scattering of comments and suggestions in all of these
> over the years on this and other lists.
> Perhaps someone or some institution could maintain a web site regularly
> updated with current state-of-the-art recommendations in each of the
> above. It is very hard for an individual to choose specific products when
> aren't familiar with the markets or terminology for these applications.
> We will need the same for HD-DVD, Blue-Ray, ...
> Mike Csontos