Pros: Looks and feels great! Reliable burns at 8X.
Cons: Actual top burning speed is not marked. Little to no labeling area.
Verbatims Digital Vinyl CD-R
The Look, The Feel
What could be a neater thing to have? These CD-Rs are made to look like those old vinyl 45s we used to love and play! The labels are in five colors: yellow, purple, bright pink, blue, and green. The top surface of the disc itself is black and has big grooves in it to resemble a vinyl record.
The Burning Questions
Well, as much as I hate to admit it, the most important thing about any CD-R is its ability to produce an accurate burn. The first thing that anyone should notice when purchasing these discs is that there is not a speed rating ANYWHERE to be found on these discs. Not on the outer wrap, not on the cases, and not on the discs. I find this not only unusual, but a little unsettling. Having an older computer, I dont burn anything over a speed of 8X, but in this day and age of high speed computers and high speed 52X and perhaps higher CD burners, its seems that this is more than a little information to leave from the labeling!
Now, as far as burning at 8X, Ive had no problem at all with the CDs. I have two CD-RW drives in my computer; one is a Sony 24X/10X/48X and the other a generic brand 48X/16X/48X. Both of these drives have produced reliable burns using the Vinyl CD-Rs. Out of over one-hundred CDs, Ive not had one bad burn yet.
Ive burned data, SVCD video, and audio and have gotten excellent results with all of these formats.
The data CDs Ive made with these discs have all been reliable. Ive not had any trouble reading these in any CD-R or CD-RW drive Ive tried them in yet. They play well in my Akai? DVD player, Panasonic? Laserdisc Player, Egoman? MP3/CD/VCD Player, and Sony? Car/Walkman. I have had difficulty reading these in my older JEEP? boombox; however I have to say that it was never intended to play CD-Rs in the first place. I also must mention that the boombox has had trouble reading ANY CD-R lately, so it could just be a matter of cleaning the player.
One big disadvantage Ive found with these discs is that there is little to no room to write on them. The actually label surface of the disc is pretty small, and there is a considerable amount of printing on the label. Not a very well designed at all. The upper disc surface itself is black and grooved and not something you can write on.
The Price Is Right! Or Not?
When I first saw these discs at Target? over a year ago, they were $12.00. Since that time Wal-Mart? has offered them locally for only $8.88. A little pricey for 10 discs, even with full size jewel cases, yet in my price range. Im a sucker for spending a bit more money for something unique!
Now, our local Wal-Mart has these on clearance for $5.00! Still, 50? a disc still seems a little expensive when you consider you can get spindles of 50 or 100 discs from some stores for free after rebates; and the same applies to the cases they come in.
Wal-mart is continues to carry the Vinyl CD-Rs, but now they are silver and gold colored, rather than the colored labels on black. The price for these stocked discs remains $8.88 for a 10-pack.