I don't think they are equally reliable, but they could perhaps be acceptable. Quality/longetivity will vary greatly based on disc runs, dye composition, burning drive+disc combinations, drive firmware, etc. At myce.com, forum members still do a lot of testing (of C1, C2 errors and BLER levels) using Nero CD-DVD Speed, OptiDriveControl, and other tools to suss out optimal combos. Except in ultra-rare cases they will not compare to pressed discs, but if you must, that's a good place to start research on drives and blank media. The site has a blank media subforum as well as subforums per drive manufacturer - typically the latter has greater activity, though you will have to hunt through the threads for CD tests (as opposed to DVD+/-R or BD). FWIW JVC Taiyo Yuden used to have a good reputation for blank CD and DVD media (not BD) but I haven't checked if that has held since getting sold to CMC Magnetics and suspect that is no longer the case. Sorry I can't make more specific recommendations, but hopefully this helps - good luck.