Taiyo Yuden/JVC (they're the same company) still seem to be the most widely recommended in
the mastering community. Make sure you get the best grade as there seem to be some lower
grade JVC discs around. Verbatim are a bit of a lottery - they certainly know how to make
good discs but they also make some pretty poor discs too.
The best burn speed
is the one that gives you the lowest error rate - I'm currently using 8X in some drives
and 16X in others because I want the burn speed to be constant across the whole disc
surface and anything higher than 16X will mean that the disc is burned more slowly at the
start than at the end. Having said that, for casual use, on my system the error rates stay
fairly small right up to 40X with T-Y/JVC discs.
See if Erik Deppe's Opti Drive
Control software will work with your drives as that's probably the best error checking
software at the moment.
JRP Music - Audio Mastering and Restoration.