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New to the forum. I recently my first DVD Recorder, the Panasonic DMR-E80 Recorder! I was wondering what brand of DVD-R and DVD-Ram everyone would recommend for this recorder? Also, where is the best place to buy the recommended media? Thanks in advance!
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Hi,

I made the decision to use "brand names" only. I have used TDK (on sale at Target) and Fuji (on sale at Best Buy) with a 100% success rate. I am using a $1.50 per disc rule of thumb as a good price for my purchases.


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I've used Fuji, Maxell and Verbatim successfully.
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"In Search of Cheap DVD-Rs"

"In Search of Cheap DVD-RAMs for the DMR-E80H"

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I have been using the Comp USA brand with great success! (10 pack for $9.99)
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I purchased a spindle of 50 Fuji dvd-r discs when I bought the E80 and I've used more then half of them with no problems. Twice I received an error message when starting a High Speed dub, but I simply removed the disc, inspected it, didn't see any obvious scratches or fingerprints so I replaced it and tried the dub again, and it worked. I don't really understand why this would happen, but as long as I got it to work & I haven't produced any coasters, so I'm not complaining.

As long as we're on the topic of disc brands, I have a question that maybe someone could answer for me. I recently saw a pretty good deal on TDK-dvd-r (x2) discs, but I hesitated because I wasn't 100% sure that x2 discs would work in the E80. I would assume that they would work fine but obviously the E80 would just record to them at x1 speed. Is this accurate or are only x1 discs compatible with the E80?
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As long as we're on the topic of disc brands, I have a question that maybe someone could answer for me. I recently saw a pretty good deal on TDK-dvd-r (x2) discs, but I hesitated because I wasn't 100% sure that x2 discs would work in the E80. I would assume that they would work fine but obviously the E80 would just record to them at x1 speed. Is this accurate or are only x1 discs compatible with the E80? [/b][/quote]


Hi,

I used a 20 pack of TDK 2x on my E-80h. All 20 worked.

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Fuji good, Memorex bad.
I bought the Fujis at Best Buy, not any real problems in my E80.
Memorex disks that came with my E30 purchase, 2 seemed to work, 1 is crappy. I'm focusing on Fuji and TDKs. I've been averaging $1.30 to $1.40 on sale, with discounts, rebates. I buy the bulk packs, no cases.
My next purcahse will be in the $1-1.25 range.
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Avoid Memorex. Almost all Memorex media is made by CMC Magnetics.

Verbatim used to be excellent, but I've heard they've switched manufacturers recently.

Keep in mind that many of the "Name Brands" are simply OEMing someone else's discs and could change quality at any time.

Maxell makes their own discs - Beware of super-cheap Maxells, which are probably counterfeits.

Of the "generics", Ritek media is the only way to go - Their G03 1X media and G04 4x media is excellent. Stay away from Princo or CMC Magnetics.
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I have been using the Inkjet printable Optodisc on both the Panasonic E30 and E 80 with excellent results. www.shop4tech.com sells the printable disc for 100 for $109.00, shipping included.

Not to change the subject, but if you are interested in making commercial looking DVD'S the EPSON Styles Photo 900 is excellent for printing directly onto DVD's.
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I have been using Verbatim DVD-Rs from spindles of 20 with excellent results. The containers say Made In Japan. I just got a new order of the same, but they say Made In Taiwan.

Before I use them, does anybody know if the quality is any different?

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I have been using Verbatim DVD-Rs from spindles of 20 with excellent results. The containers say Made In Japan. I just got a new order of the same, but they say Made In Taiwan.

Before I use them, does anybody know if the quality is any different?

John
Yes.

The Taiwanese ones are CMC Magnetics media. Same exact stuff as Memorex.

I think the old Verbatims were Taiyo Yudens.

2x discs will work in a 1x recorder. 2x recording is simply "manufacturer certified overclock" of 1x media.

Some burners may have issues with 4x media if their firmware is old. 1x and 2x burners CAN record at 1x or 2x to 4x media if they have firmware that can recognize 4x media. But all 2x media is is "certified overclockable" 1x media.
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Yes.

The Taiwanese ones are CMC Magnetics media. Same exact stuff as Memorex.

I think the old Verbatims were Taiyo Yudens.
Although the Taiwan-made ones are CMC magnetics, they are manufactured to higher specifications than the Memorex. CMC, like Ritek and other OEM's are capable of producing quite a varied range of quality depending on the client's specifications and price points.

The older Verbatims were manufactured by Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation.
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The reason I asked about the Verbatims from Taiwan is I have been using the Verbatims from Japan when I record directly to DVD-R and can't afford a failure. I have never had one. I use Riteks when I am dubbing and can start over if I get a failure. I have had several with silver-tops, fewer with white-tops.

I hope these Verbatims from Taiwan are as good as the ones from Japan.

John
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FYI,

They are on sale at Offrice Depot --15 pack for $33
buy 1 get 1 free.


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I've had great success with Samsung BeAll from Meritline.com. I've had no coasters and they seem to be compatible with a wide variety of set-top players. I know this because I produce event videos and I burn the Samsung BeAll media for clients. The only complaints I've had thus far is from clients with Toshiba dual-deck (DVD+VHS) players. Thankfully, those clients are in the minority.
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The reason I asked about the Verbatims from Taiwan is I have been using the Verbatims from Japan when I record directly to DVD-R and can't afford a failure. I have never had one. I use Riteks when I am dubbing and can start over if I get a failure. I have had several with silver-tops, fewer with white-tops.

I hope these Verbatims from Taiwan are as good as the ones from Japan.

John
The general experience in some other forums (such as on www.firmware-flash.com) is that they're not.
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