Hi Jay, I think that Mitsui, also called MAM-A, an acronym, is considered to be among the best available. A google search will turn up vendors and discussions of the media.
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I really like MAM-A (Mitsui) gold cd-r products. Datamediastore.com has a good supply of their products. Taiyo Yuden ( to my knowledge, the only cd-r manufactured in Japan now) also make very good products that consistently test as having very low error rates. A Google search will turn up numerous purveyors. It's also worth tesing a few black cd-r's to see what you think, they get get major props from some. I haven't found them to sound superior to gold cd-r's however.
In the photo industry, which is big on stable, reliable, large-capacity storage, Taiyo Yuden are considered among the best out there. Their lamination process is visibly superior to most. They make great DVD media as well. I don't know how they compare to others when it comes to audio, but in terms of reliability and longevity they are certainly among the best. I get mine from these guys.
OK, I give up. What is a "cake box"?
It's simply the bulk packaging, Don. It means that you'll get the specified quantity of CD's stacked in one single package (usually in the shape of a tube - smaller quantities looking like a cake - some Taiyo boxes I've got have been square). Just read it as bulk packaging rather than individually packaged (as in jewel cases).
FWIW, I had terrible results with the Mitsui in my stand-alone CD-Recorder (Marantz CDR-632). Many coasters, and long load times. The Taiyo-Yuden CD-Rs have been almost flawless, and as far as I can tell, make recordings indistinguishable from the source. Even on my portable CDP, the Mitsuis take a long time to load. Fuji also seems to make a decent product. I was especially dissappointed with Maxell.
I have been ordering from SuperMediaStore.com for years with excellent results. Their prices are great.