“Is Benq 16xx series that great as CD-writers?”
“Liteon drives are good CD writers, but they can be really noisy.”
My experience is that my Benq DW1655 is a superb CD writer at any speed and on all makes of disc that I have tried. And after nearly 2 years of searching it is the only good CD writer I found. It is in a different league to my Lite-Ons (2xSOHR-5239V & a Lite-On made Sony DW-G120, both with the latest firmware) and a couple of NECs that I tried.
The SOHR-5239Vs seem to always produce C2 errors on all discs at full speed (except Daxon) and with high jitter. Reducing the speed gets rid of the C2 problem on most cds. I think that it is only good enough with Verbatim DL+ at 12x, but no faster. With Taiyo Yuden discs it is not that good even at 12x. But use Daxon discs in it and it is fine, I’ve never had a poor write even at full speed (apart from the high jitter).
I would rate the DW-G120 as being even worse. It is even more prone to C2 errors at any speed with almost any CDs, especially Taiyo Yuden. I would also say that it is less consistent in it’s writing quality from disc to disc.However it is OK at 40x with Verbatim DL+, the C1 count is always high at the begining before dropping to an acceptable level. I haven’t tested the jitter thoroughly for this drive but it is nothing special. The only other disc it seems to work well with is Daxon (again). It isn’t quite as good as the SOHR-5239V, but I haven’t had a C2 so far.