Gold discs are the best.
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I have used MAM-A (formerly Mitsui) in the past. They are made in Colorado and are supposed to be high quality cd-rs. They have gold and silver discs. The golds are pretty expensive.
I haven't had any trouble with them myself, but I haven't burned much recently. They are worth a google search so that you can make up your own mind about them.
Since I am not archiving anything the gold discs, which are indeed expensive, seem overkill for what I do. Based on what I have read they can have problems equal to the regular CD-R's as far as write/read problems. However, it may be the case that discs that spendy may have a higher chance of being scrupulously made.
The Taiyo Yuden discs were considered top of the heap years ago, but the original factory quit making them and word is that the CMC version of these are not as well made. I have seen some original ones available from Japan on Ebay, but again very spendy.
It may be that I should stockpile discs I know to be ok while I can before CD-R's become a scarce commodity. It sounds like the archival quality may be the last to go since there are still entities such as governments that specify archival quality CD-R's for important data backup.
I've used Mamm-A and TaiyoYuden discs, but have occasional problems with them. Then I went to HHB discs and these are fantastic, although hard to find. Then another company took them over (sorry, I don't remember the name) and claim they are the same quality as HHB. I should mention that two of my burners are HHB machines. Love em!
That HHB suggestion is much appreciated. They are now under the brand "Burlington." which can be found on Amazon and Ebay. 1x-12x record speed (even as slow as 1x-8x.) This could prove interesting. I think the slowest record speed on my Dell desktop might be that slow.
Also discovered that the "black bottom" CD-R's are still being made which could bear on a subject we got into on Audiogon awhile back concerning blackening the rims and and hubs of CD's to block "incident laser reflections" that might interfere with integrity of the laser reads in our players.
Yes, there’s still a community of CD-R users, for whatever reason. I’ve found that when you can’t beat the sound of your CD player with other digital sources, you’re almost forced to burn your own CD-Rs. MAM-A Silver Digital Audio CD-Rs are excellent. Use their gold CD-Rs if you want your music collection to last longer than you. Make sure whatever you use will play fine in your CD players. I have ran into issues with playback with the gold CD-Rs on an older CD player. For archival purposes, that’s not a huge deal as you can probably still get the data off clean with a computer CD drive. I have never had an issue with the MAM-A silver CD-Rs. Make sure you find a good CD burner and determine the best burn speed by making several copies at different speeds and listening to the each one. MAM-A Silver Digital Audio CD-Rs get along really well with a MacBook running iTunes/Music and the Apple USB DVD burner running at 4X burn speed.
Thanks for your suggestions. I have currently landed on the Plexidisc Taiyo Yuden which are performing very well. Looking at the write side, a very clear reflection of my face appears unlike many other discs which send back a cloudy reflection. Whether this has any bearing on actual quality recording I do not know. I will probably try the MAM-A silvers next.