After a number of readers emailed us with with concerns regarding their “Taiyo Yuden” media, we reached out to Taiyo Yuden themselves to comment.
They reiterated that they have “completely stop [sic] manufacture and sale of its products since January 2016”.
They also made it very clear that the “Taiyo Yuden brand’s owndership still belongs to Taiyo Yuden Co. Ltd and has never been transferred to a third party”
Regarding our inquiry after the influx of new “TY” media (Powered By TY, TY, TY Technology etc.) they clearly state that the product is “unknown to us”. These brands formed the bulk of emails regarding quality concerns and while we aren’t saying that they’re bad media (without testing, at least!), they’re certainly not “Taiyo Yuden” media.
It would be safe to say that anything associating itself with Taiyo Yuden media, or alluding to Taiyo Yuden manufacture (Such as using common industry abbreviations e.g; TY), that isn’t branded specifically “Taiyo Yuden”, will not be Taiyo Yuden manufactured media.
If you require any advice, assistance or further information, or you wish to add anything to this story, you are more than welcome to contact us.
Taiyo Yuden is a huge name in our industry; when you think CD-R, you think Taiyo Yuden. It’s an amazing example of an effective brand; but more than that, a stunning example of what a universal push for quality and technological advancement can achieve. This is something we here, at River Pro Audio, hold in exceptionally high regard as it is something we mirror with all our production and development.
Alongside Sony and Phillips, Taiyo Yuden pioneered the first CD-R, and associated technology, back in 1988 and their recordable discs were, and still are, considered to be amongst the very best in the industry; alongside our world-renowned ACU-Media and River Media brands (although they came much after!).
Unfortunately Taiyo Yuden no longer manufactures optical media, but they still exist as a highly respected manufacturer of high-quality electronic components and, to this day, continue their exemplary push for development and rigorous attention to detail.
With stocks of these impeccable discs running out, we here at River Pro Audio would like to extend our thanks to Taiyo Yuden’s remarkable technological achievements which made all things optical media related possible: from affordable, high quality music, to archival data storage and to the development of recordable DVD’s and Blu Rays.
One thing’s for certain, Taiyo Yuden discs may no longer be available, but their technology powers even the most humble of discs, and will forever.
Optical Media – Powered By TY