Media, mastering, replicating & packaging

media, mastering, replicating & packaging – Buyers Guide

Smart and Friendly and Ricoh Announce 12X, 80-minute CD-R Media

Smart and Friendly has announced the latest addition to its line of CD-R media, CD Rocket Fuel Mach 12. The media is certified for 12X recording, as well as 10X, 8X, 6X, 4X, 2X, and 1X. The discs also feature 700MB of data storage, or 80 minutes of audio storage. The media is available in a variety of configurations including a 3-Pack, a 6-Pack Plus, a 10-Pack, a 12-Disc Speed Pack, a Bulk Retail 25-Pack, and a Bulk Retail 5C-Pack. CD Rocket Fuel Mach 12 carries an estimated street price of as low as $1.97 per disc.

Ricoh’s Disc Media and Systems-Center (DMS-C) has also introduced its first 12X, 7COMB CD-R media. The Ricoh Platinum media supports 12X recording speeds and offers 700MB of storage space, or 80 minutes of audio recording. The discs support 1X, 2X, 4X, 6X, 8X, and 12X recording speeds. Ricoh’s Platinum media is available at an estimated retail price of $38.99 for a 25-disc pack.

(Smart and Friendly, 20520 Nordhoff Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311; 800/959-7001, 818/772-80611; Fax 818/772-2888; Ricoh Corporation, Disc Media and Systems Center, One Ricoh Square, 1100 Valencia Avenue, Tustin, CA 92780; 888/742-6497, 714/566-3235; Fax 714/566-2683;

Kodak’s Ultima CD-R Media Certified for 12X Recording

Eastman Kodak Company has announced that Sanyo has certified Kodak’s CD-R Ultima and Gold Ultima brand media for use in 12X CD-recorders. Kodak’s CD-R Gold Ultima media features a 24-karat gold reflective layer and a phtalocyanine dye layer. The company’s CD-R Ultima Media features a silver/gold reflective layer. According to Kodak, its Ultima and Gold Ultima discs are projected to last up to six and twelve times longer than silver-only disks, respectively.

(Eastman Kodak Company, 343 State Street, Rochester, NY 14650-1181; 800/243-8811;

Smart and Friendly Announces 80-Minute CD-R Media

Smart and Friendly, Inc. has announced its Platinum XR 80 CD-R media, which is capable of holding 80 minutes of Red Book CD-Audio. Platinum XR-80 media is compatible with all audio CD-R drives, and is capable of being played back in any audio CD player or CD-ROM drive. The Platinum XR-80 12-disc box set is available at an estimated retail price of $15.99. In addition to the 12-disc box set, the media will be available in a 3-pack, a 9-pack, and a 10-pack.

(Smart and Friendly, Inc., 20520 Nordhoff Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311; 800/959-7001; Fax 818/772-2888;

Leda Announces New Line of CD-R Discs

Leda’s new products include silver or white business card 50MB CD-R discs, silver or white 3-inch 200MB CD-R discs, and silver 680MB CD-R discs. All three of the new discs are Inkjet-printable, and feature dual layers of printable surface. Leda’s CD-R discs support 8X recording speed.

(Leda Distribution Corp., 10811 Shoemaker Avenue, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670; 562/941-5332; Fax 562/941-0409; http://www.

MMC Ships GMR Recording Media to Maxtor

MMC Technology has announced that it has begun to ship its GMR recording media to Maxtor Corporation for its 40.9GB 7200 rpm disk drive, the DiamondMax Plus 40. MMC Technology’s GMR recording media incorporates a multilayer magnetic thin-film structure, and a newly developed lubricant system. The DiamondMax Plus 40 is targeted at server and entry-level RAID applications.

(MMC Technology, 2001 Fortune Drive, San Jose, CA 95131; 408/232-8600. Maxtor Corporation, 510 Cottonwood Drive, Milpitas, CA 95035; 408/432-1700;

QPS Introduces iMac-Colored CD-R Discs

QPS, Inc. has introduced its Que! Savers, CD-R discs that are color-matched to the iMac computer.

The discs are available in all five iMac colors, and are thermal transfer-printable. Que! Savers will be available in a 10-pack of all one color, or two of each color for an estimated price of $19.99. A 50-disc spindle (all one color) will also be available for an estimated price of $99.99.

(QPS, Inc., 23671 Via Del Rio, Yorba Linda, CA 92887; 714/692-3588; Fax 714/692-5516;

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