I've never been able to hear the difference between anything that actually plays. The only difference between cd-r brands which is obvious to me is in how long they last.
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Mistui Gold is a lot better than Taiyo Yuden. I did some side by side comparing and it was plain than the Mitsuis are better. Also good with a little different flavor is Apogee Gold. Also something else to check out would be the new Mobile Fidelity Gold discs. Taiyo Yuden is tempting since they are so cheap, but if sound is what matters then go Mitsui
I have been able to get the Mitsuis from CDW, www.cdw.com. they are about $1.oo each.
I have done a lot of side by side comparing of bland CDRs and I think there is a big difference among them. I seriously dissagree with anyone who thinks they all sound the same
1) I find it extremely hard to believe the sonic differences between various CDR brands are detectable by most (or all) humans, if they even exist at all.
2) Hard disks are nice, but try playing that music anywhere other than home - CDRs are, obviously, portable.
My recommendation? Don't waste your time looking for the "best-sounding" CDR, find the best price on a good-quality product and spend your time listening to music.
Thanks for all the posts - I will try the Mitsui for sure. They claim it will last for 300 year, so that's better than 2 year life period of some CDRs
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