I think you are doing what a lot of people here do, dwell on the negative because you read a thread complaining about some piece of equipment or other. People usually write to these forums because they have a problem, mostly the operator doesn't understand something so he blames the burner or software. The larger number of people that don't have problems and are happy with their setups, you don't hear from. What are they going to do post a new thread saying I like my shit? :bigsmile: I think that the main burner companies, NEC, Liteon, LG, BenQ all have good, generally reliable equipment and you can't really go wrong with any of them. All have their supporters and detractors but they're all good. You'll never find the perfect burner, so don't be afraid to buy something or you'll miss out in the end. See reviews on Cdfreaks, cdinfo.com, bitburners.com, cdrlabs.com and many others and find something that fits your needs. There is a ton of support here (and there) if you do run into a problem.
By the way, you see my setup below and I only have a 350w power supply. Never had a single power problem.