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What (and WHERE) to buy in the USA ? - 10/19/2002 6:46:54 PM   
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So my nice new Yamaha CRW-F1 is installed, recognized, firmware updated and ready to go (thanks to the advice I got here).

I only started using CD-RWs in the past week and I already managed to pick a dodgy brand [:(!]. Darn Memorex 4X 700MB . I use them to archive my kid's videos so they can watch them on our standalone DVD player. In the past I have only used TY CDRs (Fuji and HP) and after carefully reading the threads in this forum it is clear that I should go with the Mitsubishi-made brands (Verbatim/Mitsu). But amazingly, I can not find them locally (and I live in New York City, for goodness' sake).

Are there other CDRW brands that are reliable that I can find in the US? These do not need *multiple* rewrites (although that would be OK). The reason I use CDRWs instead of CDRs is that sometimes I screw up the editing on the video and need to redo it AND I haven't found a CDR that will reliably play in our old DVD player.

Thanks again for the help!

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RE: What (and WHERE) to buy in the USA ? - 10/20/2002 12:13:31 AM   
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well.. the only place in the US that I am aware of where you can find Verbatim Data Life Plus discs retail is Bestbuy. I'm pretty sure that there're some BestBuys in New York, and if there isn't around where you live, just order it online, they should still the free shipping going on. But make sure you get the Data Life Plus. the other verbatims isn't worth it.

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RE: What (and WHERE) to buy in the USA ? - 10/20/2002 2:48:47 AM   
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A Best Buy (finally) opened nearby rather recently, but they don't carry Verbatim CD-RWs, just the CDRs. Go figure.

I played a hunch since the Apple stores *only* carry the very good Pioneer DVD-Rs that I like, and sure enough, the CDRWs that they carry are Verbatims. I'll buy a few tomorrow and see what they're like...

It is actually very difficult to find the 80 min Datalife Plus discs *anywhere*. Right now I'm re-encoding a VCD to see if I can fit the movie on 2 74 min CDRWs instead. Kind of funny to be going "backwards".

Thanks Graffitti, at least I know I'm not going crazy!

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RE: What (and WHERE) to buy in the USA ? - 10/20/2002 3:44:16 AM   
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well.. just keep in mind that size doesn't matter for VCDS. if you have a 800meg VCD2.0 compliant MPG that's 74min or below, it will fit on a 74min cd, and it's the same as with 80min cds. As long as the VCD is 80 min or under, it's perfectly fine. It's a really good thing that you're looking for high quality media too. You'll need them for VCDs if you want them to last. I personally only use Taiyo Yudens for them since I can get them pretty cheap usually and quality is quite up there too.

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RE: What (and WHERE) to buy in the USA ? - 10/20/2002 5:18:39 AM   
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I would disagree that quality is a major issue with VCDs. I agree that you want them to last, but if one pixal is damaged it doesn't really matter too much in playback. However, in a game (say playstation), if only one byte is unreadable, the game will likely freeze at that point. That's why Music and Video format CDs are nice


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RE: What (and WHERE) to buy in the USA ? - 10/20/2002 5:23:28 AM   
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Due to the fact that there are many people who would flame me for my last post, I would like to point out that I am in no way trying to encourage people to buy low quality CDs, or try to make a low quality CD sound as good as a high quality CD. I'm just trying to say that an error here and there won't make much of a difference. I'm just trying to illistrate some options, cause not everybody can buy hundreds of Taiyo Yudens


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RE: What (and WHERE) to buy in the USA ? - 10/20/2002 3:07:39 PM   
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If you're in the USA, I use the Memorex 10X CDRW's at Best Buy (this is also the only place that I can find them). I have used the same ones over and over and over (like the energizer bunny) and they keep going and going. The low speed ones are not great, and the CRW-F1 doesn't seem to like them. I had previously noticed that my 3200 drive didn't like the low speed media either. Pretty soon, will all the new drives coming out with re-write speeds of 24X, we should see an influx of 24X CDRW media flooding the market soon.


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RE: What (and WHERE) to buy in the USA ? - 10/20/2002 6:56:22 PM   
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I also have a Yamaha CRW-F1 and I'm still waiting for Ultra-Speed RWs and MRWs. Does anyone know when and where I can buy them[?]

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RE: What (and WHERE) to buy in the USA ? - 10/20/2002 9:07:55 PM   
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quote:
Originally posted by cackling fiend

I also have a Yamaha CRW-F1 and I'm still waiting for Ultra-Speed RWs and MRWs. Does anyone know when and where I can buy them[?]



Unfortunatly, despite the fact that more and more drives are coming out with 24x re-write compatability, most retailers arn't too anxious to provide the media for them. Including myself. The reason: They're expensive, and we can't sell them in high enough volume to make the shipping worth it. Most places are just picking 12x up now, it'll be a while before 24x comes available.


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RE: What (and WHERE) to buy in the USA ? - 10/20/2002 9:47:35 PM   
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It's an interesting phenomena, but since the price of CDRs has plummeted it has become tougher to find good CD-RWs!

Today I checked a few places only to discover that most of the mass-market stores are going for the cheapest bulk packs they can find. MP3Mogul's comment about the high-speed Memorex CD-RWs got me thinking, my Best Buy was out of them, but a nearby Office Depot had some of the new Maxell high-speeds and they had "Made in Singapore" on the package. So I played the hunch and sure enough, acccording to CD-Indentifier, they are made by Misubishi Chemical.

So tonight I change the bitrates on the videos to fit on 74 min instead of 80 and I should be all set.

A non-trivial undertaking!

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RE: What (and WHERE) to buy in the USA ? - 10/21/2002 11:32:50 PM   
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Dolphinius, while that is an interesting observation for online retailers, and maybe for you in Canada. BestBuy will be stocking them in all of the US stores very SOON!


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RE: What (and WHERE) to buy in the USA ? - 10/22/2002 1:30:31 AM   
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MP3Mogul: Hrm, very interesting, I wonder if future shop will follow suite (since Bestbuy bought out futureshop). If that's the case (which I doubt, because futureshop rarely sells higher then 4x media) then I'll have to plan accordingly. Still interesting none the less. Please keep me informed, I'd like to know when they actually have them in stock. thanks!


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RE: What (and WHERE) to buy in the USA ? - 10/22/2002 3:34:11 AM   
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Oh, and for you folks in the US who are hunting for Verbatim media (the DataLife Plus come highly recommended, both CD-R and CD-RW) I tracked some down at Microcenter. They're on the web at [url]www.microcenter.com[/url]. According to the web site they have a wide assortment of Verbatim media.

I'm heading out to one of their retail stores tomorrow, I'll report back if anyone is interested....

fraz

BTW, my CRW-F1 is SWELL.

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RE: What (and WHERE) to buy in the USA ? - 10/22/2002 4:50:08 AM   
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Hi frazzled
Thanks for the info I am sure some of our members will be pleased about that !!!


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