1. I am trying to find the highest quality CD-Rs available. To this end, I am looking for discs that offer superior longevity as well durability and playback performance. My research indicates that "Mitsui Gold Ultra II 24x" CD-Rs were the best, but they are no longer produced, having apparently been replaced by inferior products under the "MAM-A" label. From my readings, it seems discs manufactured by Taiyo Yuden (under various labels) are now regarded as the best, but their life-span is supposedly considerably shorter.
What do you use, and how satisfied are you with their performance? I am particularly interested in 80-minute discs with good overburning capabilities, as I need to burn almost 82 minutes of uncompressed audio.
2. What is the best burning software? I've used Exact Audio Copy to extract the audio, but its burning capabilites seem too complicated for my novice sensibilities. (I'm also not sure I should trust it, since it's still in beta.) Perhaps I should buy a plebian package such as Nero 6.6? What are the caveats?
Thank you all very much for your time and advice!