Also, just a couple of years ago no one had heard of BeALL media. Now the company is garnering a lot of respect as a high value supplier of DVD-R media.
Ritek continues to receive endorsements from media suppliers and duplication houses as a highly compatible and affordable media. We've also had good luck with Ritek.
Mitsui audio CDs still seem to be high quality products and we love the silver printable CDs that look awesome when combined with a ink jet system like the ones offered by Primera Technology. They cost a little more but they're worth it. However, Taiyo Yuden still offers the best value for the money. Rock solid media at a good price.
The drives used to test media at funkyfresh include: Plextor, Yamaha, Goldstar, Pioneer, Toshiba, Liteon and Samsung. The software includes Prassi Primo DVD, Nero, Sony Vegas, DVD Architect and DVD Workshop.
Make sure you upgrade your firmware and run a clean system before making any decisions about the best media for you. On slower systems try burning from a disc image instead of direct to disc.