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Old 07-31-2003, 06:00 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm looking for a source for the cheapest yet reliable 4.7 GB and/or 9.4 GB double-sided DVD-RAMs that are compatible with the Panasonic DMR-E80H. I'm tempted to get some Maxell 4.7 GB 3-packs at $18. Anyone have experience with this combination or can recommend something better? I assume I can spare the expense of going with the cartridge housed DVD-RAMs.

Also ... what is the significance of the designation Media Type I or II (others?)?

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I just got my E80 about a week and half ago and bought a 25k of Fuji DVD-Rs and a 5 pack of Fuji DVD-RAMs and haven't burned a coaster yet. I'm quite happy with them and the price is reasonable. I'm sure I could find cheaper brands online and will buy some in the future but for quick gotta have it now DVD-Rs I just pick up some at Best Buy. This was from advice from another member here that had gave Fuji blanks high marks.
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sorry i meant 25 PACK not 25k worth of Fuji DVD-Rs. hahaha. Obviously not thinking straight today.
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I see BB has the Fuji DVD-RAM 5-Pack for $30 so that matches the $6/disc of the Maxells.

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BB often has them on sale. Last week they had 5PK for $20 with a $4 rebate. $16AR = $3.20/disk...
Not bad....
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$3.20/disc is the new leader ... now were talking ... and these prices have all been with jewell cases. Has anyone seen 10 or 25 packs?

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Actually, $3.20 is the leader for only 5. Fuji limited you to 1 rebate per product per household.


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i have always found all fuji product to be the most reliable when it comes to playback.

i have an old onkyo interlaced player that will only playback fuji cdr's and dvdr's and believe me i've tried many, many other brands to no avail.
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Actually, I have had some problems with Fuji CD-Rs (light blue-green recording surface). They were one of the few CD-Rs to NOT play on my Sony CD changer...

The DVD-RAMs I have seem to be fine, so far...

And, yes, the $3.20 was for buying a single 5-pack with rebate. That deal is over, now, but I think they repeat it periodically... Their everyday price is $30, or $6/disk.... still not too bad, in a pinch.
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O.K., we'll have to take $3.20/disc out of the leader position. I saw that Rima had a bulk 25 spindle of OPTODISC discs at $5/disc. Has anybody tried these? I think 25 discs would probably handle all of my needs for a while but I'm uncomfortable with the thought of storing them in a spindle. Will this type of storage be inadvisable even if I'm the only one handling them?

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I've used Optodisc DVD-RAMs (although packaged in jewel cases) without a problem. They're officially certified by Panasonic. Supermediastore.com has spindles of 25 for $125.

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Thanks for the endorsement and the link ufotofu. Which burner/recorder did you use?

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I have an Panny E60 DVDR and the SW-9571/LF-D521U for my PeeCee.

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I use OptoDisc 9.4g double-sided DVD-RAMs (without shells) in 25-pack spindles, for $130 delivered, from newegg.com. That works out to $5.20 per disc net, or $2.60 per side. I've used ~100-120 of them, with only one bad disc, which revealed itself immediately since it couldn't be formatted.

OptoDisc promised to replace it, if I can ever get around to sending it in.

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> I think 25 discs would probably handle all of my needs for a while but I'm uncomfortable with the thought of storing them in a spindle. Will this type of storage be inadvisable even if I'm the only one handling them? <

As long as you're moderately careful in handling them, I don't foresee a problem. I initially bought some in jewel cases, some in shells, and some in a spindle. After that first experience, I've bought 4 more spindles, since the shells add ~$4/disc. If you've got spouses or kids handling them though, I'd go for the cartridges, if the recordings have any importance.

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Old 08-01-2003, 06:59 PM - Thread Starter
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Thanks Tim ... that looks like a winner at $130 delivered! I was hoping that there would be some 9.4s at a nice capacity discount over the 4.7s. :)

I also notice that they had some slightly more expensive OptoDisc 9.4 GB Cartridge Type IV discs. I still don't know the significance of these various "Type" designations and which are compatible with the DMR-E80H.

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TechDepot has TDK 10pk in jewel cases for $33.95 (3.40ea)
With std ground shipping & sales tax = $43.15 ($4.32ea).

I don't know if the charge sales tax everywhere, I'm in NJ.


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I found the answer to my "Type" question in case anyone else is interested ...
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Type I cartridges are non-removable for both single-sided and double-sided DVD-RAM media. Type II cartridges are removable for single-sided media. Type IV cartridges are removable for double-sided media.
I assume that all of these are compatible with the DMR-E80H.

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TechDepot has TDK 10pk in jewel cases for $33.95 (3.40ea)
With std ground shipping & sales tax = $43.15 ($4.32ea).

http://www.techdepot.com/Product.asp...757386&iid=342

I don't know if the charge sales tax everywhere, I'm in NJ.

EDIT.....................................
Chumbo.com $33.99 + Free 2day FedEx.
Note:Now if I can only cancel the TechDepot order...........
C44335 thanks for the headsup about chumbo.com. Even though I got charged a $10 shipping handling charge for living in the middle of the pacific ocean. I ordered 4 boxes of the TDK 10pk's of dvd-ram. These are for a couple of friends and myself. So each of us pay $2.50 shipping charge for each 10pk. Still a better price than what I can get here locally. Ordered monday night and ordered shipped out today. Once again thank you.
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Just to let everyone know,
TechDepot had a slight error on the web site.

The DVD-RAM's they had listed are DVD+R.

I just got mine today.

Needless to say since I have A Panasonic DVD Recorder they are useless to me. They are sending a Free UPS return label.

The correct price for DVD-RAM 10pk is .......$174.95.

They fixed the site within 2 hours of my calling.
When I checked at 4:30pm it stated "10pk TDK DVD-RAM $33.95"
as of 6:30 it states "10pk TDK DVD+R $33.95"

I already received the UPS/ARS label.

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Originally posted by C44335
Just to let everyone know,
TechDepot had a slight error on the web site.

The DVD-RAM's they had listed are DVD+R.

I just got mine today.

Needless to say since I have A Panasonic DVD Recorder they are useless to me. They are sending a Free UPS return label.

The correct price for DVD-RAM 10pk is .......$174.95.

They fixed the site within 2 hours of my calling.
When I checked at 4:30pm it stated "10pk TDK DVD-RAM $33.95"
as of 6:30 it states "10pk TDK DVD+R $33.95"

I already received the UPS/ARS label.
Why do I have this bad feeling that I will end up getting the same dvd+r type of disc that you ended up getting. I guess I will find out when the dvd-ram discs arrive.
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Of all places, found DVD-RAM's at WAL-MART.

3-pk of Maxell's, no cart for $12.97 / $4.32 ea + whatever your tax is.

... and no shipping :)

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Thanks, Londo. I'm surprised to see stuff like this showing up in those venues. That's a good sign that -RAM is penetrating into the mainstream!

I'm going to take a WAG and say those are likely single-sided?

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Howdy,

Best Buy has a Fuji dvd-r 50 spindle on sale this week for $70 and a 50 pack of Memorex slim jewel cases for $5 (after rebate). I bought both.

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Thanks, Londo. I'm surprised to see stuff like this showing up in those venues. That's a good sign that -RAM is penetrating into the mainstream!

I'm going to take a WAG and say those are likely single-sided?

- Tim
Yes, single sided, in normal DVD Keep Cases...

they were sitting on the next aisle over from the stack of DMR-E50's!

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They all appear cheaper than s-vhs tapes. How cool is that?

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Quote:
Originally posted by C44335
Just to let everyone know,
TechDepot had a slight error on the web site.

The DVD-RAM's they had listed are DVD+R.

I just got mine today.

Needless to say since I have A Panasonic DVD Recorder they are useless to me. They are sending a Free UPS return label.

The correct price for DVD-RAM 10pk is .......$174.95.

They fixed the site within 2 hours of my calling.
When I checked at 4:30pm it stated "10pk TDK DVD-RAM $33.95"
as of 6:30 it states "10pk TDK DVD+R $33.95"

I already received the UPS/ARS label.
Just what I thought would happen to me after reading your message above. My package from chumbo.com arrived this afternoon and there were 4 ten packs of "DVD+R" in the box, instead of dvd-ram disc. I will have to call them monday since they are closed for the weekend and return the dvd+r's to them. :( :mad:
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I recently bought a 10 pack of double-sided Optodisc DVD-RAM for $79.00 plus shipping from supermediastore.com. This are the cartridge-type, which I like since they're re-writeable about 100,000 times, so I expect to have them around for a long time and want to keep them clean and pristine. They are certified to work with my new Panny DMR-60 and all other Panny RAM recorders. My advice, don't cheap out on your media.
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