UPDATED: 02-06-04: Went to BB and bought 100 TDK 2X DVD-R for $99. Only after burning a couple did I realize that my E100 will burn at 1X or 4X but not 2X!!! So, it takes nearly an hour to do a "high-speed" dub of a movie. The good news is success and compatibility are 100%. Next month I want to get a spindle of Ritek 4X and burn a bunch. If this thread is still around I'll update it...or maybe just start another.
Here's my experience so far on my E100: (the number is parenthesis are the aprox number of discs burned)
For 4X DVD-Rs on my E100 the success rankings would be something like:
1. Ritek (silver top) 100%
2. BeAll (white top - printable) 90%+***
3. Sony (silver top) 85% (many burned)
4. Memorex (silver, embossed top) 90% (only burned a few)
4. Leda (white top) 15%
1X and 2X discs all burn at 1X only! But all the following are 100%:
TDK 2X - 100% success (10)
Verbatim 1X, 2X - 100% success (5) - haven't tried 4X
Panasonic 2X - 100% success (3)
Sony 4X - 85%+ success (45)
Leda 4X - 15% success (20)
BeAll 4X - 90% success (30)***
Ritek / Ridata 4X - 100% success (5)
Maxell 2X - 100% success (5)
Memorex 4X - 100% success (2)***
***=Here's the deal on the BeAlls and now Memorex. Only one BeAll failed to finalize properly. However, I have a very picky (cheap) Apex machine that will play MOST discs I burn. However, I've had a majority BeAlls and Memores that only produce "disc error" in that machine and will not play. But, those same discs play fine in the E100 and a couple of Panny S35's I have. So, only a 'conditional' failure on a fair percentage of BeAlls. Maybe they don't have quite the compatility of say the Riteks. I think my next purchase will be a spindle of Riteks. That's the latest!
Panasonic - 100% success (5)
Maxell - 100% success (15)
I have never had a failure on 1X or 2X media. 4X seems to be a bit more problematic. But, it is a drag dubbing to a 1X disc. Takes way too long, even doing high-speed dubs...gotta move on! All 2X discs burn at 1X speed on an E100.
I, too, would like to hear from other E100 owners and hear their experiences with DVD-R disc. Please be sure to specify the SPEED of the disc with your info.
As I burn more I will continue to update this post.
Right now, at least for me, BeAll 4X - White top and Sony 4X are acceptable and Ritek 4X Silver top may be the best of the "inexpensive discs".quite