Friday, March 4, 2011

Blu Ray Media: Best BD-RE DL Discs Review

Blu Ray blank media guide : Best Blu Ray media
Best Blu Ray Media Part 5: Best BD-RE DL Discs Review

In the same manner as Blu Ray BD-R DL media was much more expensive per GigaByte than BD-R media, the same comment applies to the price of BD-RE DE media when compared to BD-RE media. Blu Ray BD-RE DL media packs 50GB of storage in rewritable media, which is twice the capacity of BD-RE media, but costs three to four times as much. Like its regular BD-RE counterpart, it is also somewhat slow, being widely available in 2x write speeds only. Unless forced to use larger capacity discs, we feel that regular BD-RE media are a much more cost effective choice.

If we do need the capacity increase of BD-RE DL media, and are willing to pay a significant premium in price per GB, by going through our picks of the most reliable brands of Blu Ray media we can obtain a short list of choices.

Table 5: Blu Ray BD-RE DL  media from recommended brands easily obtainable on the net
There are many fewer choices in BD-RE DL media than in other Blu ray formats. When looking for non-archival grade media, the most cost effective choice is Taiyo Yuden JVC BV-E260CW10  BD-RE DL 2x speed discs, for $15.90 per disc, in 10 spindle packs. When looking for archival grade media, the most cost effective choice (in a manner of speaking) is TDK 48739 BD-RE DL 2x speed, for $21.09 per disc in 50 spindle packs -which means the spindle cost is a whopping $1054.50... It is important to note that, while we found Sony to be archival grade, the exception in the Sony line was the BD-RE DL format, often or always outsourced to Panasonic, which we found to have too few write cycles (sometimes dying out at 20-30 cycles).

  • Best non-archival grade Blu Ray BD-RE DL media: Taiyo Yuden JVC BV-E260CW10  BD-RE DL 2x speed discs, for $15.90 per disc 
  • Best archival grade Blu Ray  BD-RE DL media: TDK 48739 BD-RE DL 2x speed, for $21.09 per disc

Next we review all Blu Ray media recommendations... 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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