Thursday, February 24, 2011

Blu Ray Media: Best BD-R LTH Discs Review

Blu Ray blank media guide : Best Blu Ray media
Best Blu Ray Media Part 1: Best BD-R LTH Discs Review

Table 1: Blu Ray LTH media from recommended brands easily obtainable on the net

We already rated Verbatim LTH and Taiyo Yuden/ JVC. In these posts, we concluded that:
  • Vermatin LTH is archival quality
  • Taiyo Yuden./ JVC does not have enough reviews at this time to be rated archival quality yet, but we recommend it for non-archival quality uses
  • Make sure that your player/ burner is LTH compatible before purchasing LTH media
 When looking at the LTH products easily obtainable on the US market, it becomes clear that, at $1.25 per disc in 20 spindle packs, Verbatim 97090 BD-R LTH media is the best priced media in the category. It is, in fact, the best priced media among all of our recommended brands. It is a clear choice for the most cost effective recommended Blu Ray media. Its one drawback is that it is relatively slow at 2x. If you want a printable version of the same disc, the Verbatim 97331, for $1.72 per disc, provides white hub printable discs at a hefty premium.

If we want faster media, and your use does not require archival quality, the next best is Taiyo Yuden/ JVC, at 4x speed, for $1.72 per disc in 25 spindle packs. Since the JVC disc is also white printable (it is not clear if it is hub printable though), it might be a better choice than the Verbatim 97331, since it provides a printable alternative that is 6x for only $0.04 per disc more than the Verbatim, which is only 2x.

If, on the other hand, you need archival quality AND faster media, then your only choice in LTH media are the Verbatim BD-R LTH 4x discs in 25 spindle packs, for $3.33 per disc. Given the very high price per disc for this version, a better choice is to pick non-LTH media.

  • Most cost effective archival quality LTH media: Verbatim 97090 BD-R LTH 2x, for roughly $1.25 per disc in 20 spindle packs - IF your burners are players are LTH compatible
  • Most cost effective non archival quality, faster LTH media: Taiyo Yuden/ JVC BD-R LTH 4x, for roughly $1.72 per disc in 25 spindle packs.

  • Most cost effective archival quality Blu Ray media overall: Verbatim 97090 BD-R LTH 2x, for roughly $1.25 per disc in 20 spindle packs - IF your burners are players are LTH compatible

Next we recommend discs for traditional BD-R media... So come back soon!

The prices mentioned in this review are the best across the top ten Blu Ray media stores that we selected, which we will review shortly. It is in general possible to find a touch cheaper - but you will need to evaluate your supplier. One option, which is sometimes cost effective for high quality media, is to purchase Japanese imports directly in Japan - there are several specialized retailers for this purpose. This option comes with additional risks and longer shipping times.

To understand Blu Ray lingo, check our lexicon of Blu Ray vocabulary. Our Blu Ray brand predictive quality rating process is explained here. Our statistical analysis practices are described here, which is also where we discuss's predictive quality rating.

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