We've used Taiyo Yuden CDRs for every single one of our handmade releases, up to this point. We also have upcoming releases planned on just as many CDR labels as CD labels. If something is defective, or becomes defective, for our own self-releases on CDR, they can be replaced. If something becomes defective on a label, we'd expect them to replace it.
To me the whole CD vs. CDR argument gets lost in pithy-ness at a certain point. It reminds me of the BluRay vs. DVD argument. After a while, who cares really. What really matters is the release. Anybody can burn a CDR of music, fold a piece of paper around it, and try to sell it.
That doesn't make it special, or unique.
Some of the best albums I own have the most simple, self-made artwork (if any). Also, some of the worst albums I've ever heard have been the same.
Beyonce's CD's may be perfect, and look amazing, but million dollar printing and solid gold CDs don't mean anything if the music is horrible anyway.
There are great things everywhere, despite generational formats.