I am rather new to cd burning, but I have done a lot of research (comments on forums, pro reviews, etc.) and it appears to me that the ones made by Taiyo Yuden are trustworthy. They're actually the manufacturer. Brands out there like Verbatim, TDK, Sony, Imation, etc., don't make their own cdr's, they buy them from factories. The problem is, they buy from different ones so you can't just go by the brand on the disk. For example, I bought some TDK 32x because of the TDK name, but my 32x Liteon / Nero would only allow 12x recording! Then I found out the TDK's are made by Ritek, which a lot of people say is junk. I would suggest buying a "name" brand and then looking on the package to see where it is made. In general, people rate those made in Japan higher than those made in Taiwan. I bought some Fujifilm cdr's because the package said "made in Japan," and found out they were made by Taiyo Yuden. And even though they are 24x rated, I can record at 32x on my Liteon.
In summary, it seems to me the consensus is discs made in Japan are of better quality, so check out the package before you buy.
Edited by - monkuboy on 03/16/2002 11:50:44