Originally Posted by ddhhgh
Church AV Guy - Thank you for your reply.
I am looking at the Verbatim disc's that I have and ... they say "Life Series" and I was wondering
how you can tell if it is the top or the bottom of the line?
The Toshiba DVD Video Recorder/Video Cassette Recorder DVR670KU I have was bought 6-11-2011.
So do you think that if I have a choice when buying disc's that I should buy the -R?
You brought the name CMC disc's and not to use them, I am not sure if I have ever seen then at Office Max,
but I am an old man and my memory could be in error.
I allways buy the disc's at Office max because they have them on sale for half the price.
Thank you for all of your help.
Just about all the DVD brands you find at Office Max, Staples and Office Depot are manufactured by China Magnetics Company (CMC). You will not find the "CMC" on the product packaging because "CMC" is not a brand name.
CMC manufactured DVDs are sold under many brand names including Verbatim's "Life Series." Here are the outside wrapper color schemes for the Verbatim "Life Series" JUNK made by CMC.
There are several others DVD brands manufactured by CMC, including Magnavox.
CMC manufactured DVDs are also sold under brand names such as Philips, Memorex, and TDK.
Other brands manufactured by CMC include Hewlett Packard (HP) and Imation.
About the only retail store DVD brands that are not made by CMC are Verbatim's "AZO" series, Sony and sometimes Maxell. Maxell contracts out DVD manufacture to a variety of companies including Ritek and, you guessed it, CMC
. So, it's hard to say for sure that Maxell DVDs will be of good quality or JUNK.
There are a few less common brand names manufactured by Moser Baer in India. DataRight is one such brand. The quality of such DVDs are inconsistent.
This photo shows two Verbatim retail store varieties, the "Life Series" JUNK on the left and the premium "AZO" series on the right. Notice that the cartridge points to the "AZO" logo. The photo shows the DVD-R versions.
The DVD+R versions will have outside wrappers with the same design but use different color schemes as seen in this Fry's ad where the DVD-R version is seen toward the rear and the DVD+R version is seen toward the front.
These Verbatim "AZO" series DVDs are probably the best quality one is likely to find in retail stores. Verbatim "AZO" series DVDs might be hard to find in retail stores because uninformed buyers always look for the cheapest price. That's made Verbatim AZO series DVDs tough to sell because they are seldom discounted.
Once Verbatim retail store DVDs have been removed from their packaging they look the same so the only way to tell them apart is to read the MIT code with a computer program. The "Life Series" will have the dreaded "CMC" code.
The Verbatim "AZO" series will have the "MCC" code (Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation).