Its very interesting people keep discovering these old recorders as late as 2019.
Some perspective though.
Verbatim just sold all its DVD and Blu-ray assets to CMC and CMC is practically the "last" maker of any DVD media in the world now. All of the brands are belong to them. Re-labeling the same media under the old brand names to sell the same media at different price tiers is common practice now. The legacy media being cleaned out at Newegg and through eBay will not last more than a few years.. and then its all gone. Except whatever CMS produces for the PC market. Even Blu-ray is on the way out.. its just too darned small for todays data.
I've been thinking long and hard and it looks like near term HDD will be the bridge media until something else comes along.. and it generally doesn't do well sitting static on a shelf. You have to turn it over.. or copy it from one drive to another.. like we used to do with tapes.. grandfather son style. People don't like to do that.. they want a magical unicorn to keep all their data safe.. with promises they will last 100 years.. even though that has been thoroughly debunked over and over again. Its more like less than 10 years.. likely less than 5 even under optimum conditions.. but people never do a thorough inventory. With error correction however even a rotted DVD can still playback.. and it will degrade slower than VHS tape overall.
Something else to watch out for is Electrolytic caps in the power supplies were never projected to last longer than 5-7 years tops.. so even in the relatively new Magnavox's their expiration date is fast approaching.. then their power supplies will need to be re-built or re-capped.. or the units will be dead. We've a lot of experience with this in other brands. And its unrelated to the big "Cap Scandal" of 2004-2005.. caps simply wear out.. even (and especially) sitting on a shelf unused.. or in the back of the closet. Its their nature. Un-powered they de-polarize.. or forget their polarity and pop when they are re-energized after a long slumber.
And not to get all doomy and gloomy here.. but when the media goes single source and the drive makers exit the market.. the time is ripe for the format to be retired. All that burned media on DVDs will become unreadable if the Optical drives are no longer made.. as unreadable as a VHS tape without a VCR. I think that time is very near.. if you have a favorite brand of optical drive.. consider buying a few extra. They aren't going to be coming out with Blu-ray 2.0 for the PC anytime soon. In fact most PC cases don't even have 5.25 drive bays anymore.. those used to be for 5.25 Floppy drives.. if optical drives go away.. there is no need for them. And manufacturers are already removing those drive bays. Optical media to them is already dead.
Last edited by jwillis84; 11-03-2019 at 12:25 AM.