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  1. Hi All,

    I'm sure this question has been asked before, but since I'm knew to Blu-Ray and HD video I have to ask. Today I use Verbatim DVD+R DL for my DVD9 disk, and I use taiyo yuden for DVD5 with ImgBurn.

    1. What are the best blanks to use for Blu-Ray?
    2. Does the book type have to be set to DVDROM for Blu-Ray?

    Thanks!

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    Verbatim 4x or 6x with the inorganic recording layer have been reliable. I wouldn't recommend their organic dye recordable bd-r disks...those are known as LTH disks.

    Here is an example at Amazon of the good type of Verbatims: http://www.amazon.com/Verbatim-97238-Blu-ray-Recordable-10-Disc/dp/B003EE08S8/ref=sr_1...0330643&sr=8-2

    The Smart-Blu disks made by Falcon/FTI have also been quite good, though they have fewer dealers.

    Book type doesn't apply for blu ray recordable disks, so no, not something you have to worry about.
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    I've been using the LTH Taiyo Yuden BD-R discs and I'm really happy with them. However, some older BD players may not play them. New ones should not have any problems. Kerry56's recommendation is sound. I have no experience with Verbatim's LTH discs and they may be of a lower quality than TY's LTH discs based on some posts I've seen here.
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    Agreed the Non-LTH disk by verbatim are currently considered the best, I've heard good things about the LTH as well but compatibility can be an issue with LTH (frimware update to burner and blu-ray player are often required). Suprisingly i would say Optical by quantum is a close second.
    http://www.supermediastore.com/product/u/optical-quantum-bd-r-25gb-4x-white-inkjet-hub...4wip-h-10-10pk
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    http://www.supermediastore.com/product/u/optical-quantum-4x-blu-ray-media-logo-top-25-pack

    Falcon seems to be a good brand as well but hard to find. I would stay away from anything else.
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  5. I've used many Verbatims, all media codes/speeds except the LTH discs (been meaning to try some). All have burned and verified with no errors on my LG WH12LS30 burner, and for good measure all pass transfer rate tests in OptiDriveControl on a Lite-On BD-Rom drive.

    I've also used at least 70 each of the following: RITEK BR2 (sold as RiData), and CMCMAGBA3 (sold as Titan and Philips), also with no errors, verified and tested.

    OTOH, I got a spindle of OTCBDR001 when I bought my burner and *not a single one* would verify successfully. ImgBurn said they burned with no errors, but during verification the errors would run into the thousands within a minute. And of course they wouldn't play; I tried a few out of curiosity. These OptoDiscs are sold as Merax, Acro Circle, and simply "Generic". I think I tried perhaps ten of them before doing an RMA, which MeritLine honored, BTW.

    Now, perhaps it was the firmware, I dunno. LG included an auto-update firmware utility on the software disc bundled with the burner. Wonder of wonders, LG actually did release a prompt update (they're not known for issuing updated firmware very often). Maybe that would allow those OptoDiscs to burn okay *on that burner*, but I'm not going to bother trying. To read the reviews at MeritLine for those discs, some people have been able to burn them successfully.

    So draw your own conclusions, if any. As for me, I'll continue using what my burner seems to "like". I recall edDVD saying he has also burned many of the cheap(er) discs without problems. I suspect it depends a good bit on the specific burner, but dunno really. You're just going to have to find out for yourself.

    Good luck.
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  6. Originally Posted by Kerry56 View Post
    Verbatim 4x or 6x with the inorganic recording layer have been reliable. I wouldn't recommend their organic dye recordable bd-r disks...those are known as LTH disks.

    Here is an example at Amazon of the good type of Verbatims: http://www.amazon.com/Verbatim-97238-Blu-ray-Recordable-10-Disc/dp/B003EE08S8/ref=sr_1...0330643&sr=8-2

    The Smart-Blu disks made by Falcon/FTI have also been quite good, though they have fewer dealers.

    Book type doesn't apply for blu ray recordable disks, so no, not something you have to worry about.
    Thanks for the feed back.

    I have the following Plextor drive: http://www.plextoramericas.com/index.php/blu-ray/internal-blu-ray/px-b320sa?start=1, not sure if its good enough.

    1. Do the Verbatim 97238 come in a ink jet printable surface? Can these be purchased in qty of 20-100?
    2. Are there any Rewritables that are just as good?

    Thanks!
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    Verbatim BD-R 6X, the 97238 version. More than a hundred successful burns. I began using them for data discs also, as per gigabyte, they are cheaper than DL DVD discs for my MKV backups.

    I didn't see much of any brands of ink-jet printable BD discs, at least not in trusted brands.

    BD-RE aren't very common either. Never tried the Verbatim BD-RE, but they are three times the price of the regular Verbatim BD-R media.
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    Your Plextor PX-B320SA is what is called a combo drive. This drive can only read bd-r media, it cannot burn blu ray disks. It is capable of reading and writing to cds and dvds.

    If you want to burn blu ray disks, you'll have to buy a new drive. Here are some of the more popular ones that are available at the moment: http://club.myce.com/f142/best-bd-re-drive-2011-a-323406/
    The LG WH12LS30 at Newegg would be a good choice too. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136226
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    Oh, and Verbatim does make inkjet printable bd-r disks. A quick search at Amazon shows them in 25 and 50 count cakeboxes. They also have the double layer 50gb disks in inkjet printable format, but those are a bit pricey.

    The best re-writables I've used were sold by TDK and were made in Japan. But they are no longer available. If you have a fair amount to spend on BD-RE disks, look for Sony brand made in Japan. Might be hard to locate, but Nikoneko ya had some the last time I looked.
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