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    25 Maxell DVD+R £2.99 at Play



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    the disc's are DVD+R's not -R's
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    Quote Originally Posted by supernoodles
    the disc's are DVD+R's not -R's
    Thanks - now corrected!

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    Quote Originally Posted by supernoodles
    the disc's are DVD+R's not -R's
    Ill ask it - but what exactly is the difference!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silhouette
    Ill ask it - but what exactly is the difference!?
    They're different standards. So long as your equipment supports the media type that you buy then you're unlikely to notice much or any difference, however if your equipment doesn't support one of the types then they wouldn't work at all, so you would need to be careful which you buy.

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    Ive always thought the "+" was higher quality or something!?

    But good to know... Do you think they still make gear nowadays that is -/+ specific?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silhouette
    Ive always thought the "+" was higher quality or something!?
    No both + and - discs for the same product line from the same brand would be the same quality dye, other things being equal, i.e. assuming they're not just rebranded from other manufacturers or something. There's a lot of variation in the quality of discs anyway, but this isn't related specifically to whether they're + or - types.

    Quote Originally Posted by Silhouette
    But good to know... Do you think they still make gear nowadays that is -/+ specific?
    I don't know but most PC drives are compatible with both types these days. Some will prefer one type over the other by having different speed specifications for the support of each type, though. Things like DVD video recorders are more likely to be picky about which type of discs they accept.

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    Ever wondered why there are separate DVD+R and DVD-R formats, and what the difference is- if any? Or why DVD+R Dual Layer discs have now been joined by DVD-R Dual Layer? Is there actually a good reason for all this confusion?

    Well, it depends on what you call a good reason! It’s true that there are some minor technical differences between the +R (”plus R”) and -R (”minus R” or- officially- “dash R”) formats.

    However, in truth, the main reason for their separate existence is purely business. To cut a long story short, when it came to developing a writable version of the DVD, some members of the DVD Forum (the consortium that guided the original DVD format) broke away to create the rival DVD+RW Alliance.

    DVD-R was developed by the original DVD Forum, and DVD+R was developed by the rival DVD+RW Alliance. Although the differences are insignificant at best for the end user, the two groups never managed to agree on a single format. Both grabbed fairly even shares of the market, so they’re still around. Almost all burners produced in the past few years support both +R and -R, so it’s not a major problem now- just a rather pointless and annoying complication for the poor disc buyer!

    For similar reasons, the DVD+RW Alliance’s original dual layer format, DVD+R DL has now been joined by the DVD Forum’s rival DVD-R DL. Again, for your average user, there are no major differences between the two- it’s purely business rivalry. However, in this case, DVD+R DL has been around longer, is far better-supported and is more widely-available. DVD-R DL might grow slightly more popular as the drives that support it become common, but we think it’s likely that +R DL will remain the dominant dual layer format.

    As if that wasn’t enough, the two groups have developed competing-but-similar rewritable dual layer formats. However, neither is commercially widespread yet.

    Are there any differences?
    As we said, from the end-user’s point of view, there aren’t really enough differences to justify having two sets of formats.

    Some have argued that ordinary DVD+R has slightly better data correction than DVD-R (and hence increased reliability). However, it’s generally accepted that the brand and quality of discs you choose has a far bigger effect.

    It’s also been argued that one or other format may be more compatible in certain situations. However, again, brand and disc quality are probably just as- if not more- important than +R vs. -R. If you know your drive to be happier with one or the other, then go for that one- just don’t get hung up on it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1960mackem
    Ever wondered why there are separate DVD+R and DVD-R formats, and what the difference is- if any? Or why DVD+R dual Layer discs have now been joined by DVD-R Dual Layer?
    ...Err....NO

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