At most speeds? This may be true for the lowest speeds, due to the Z-CLV writing strategy of the LG drives up to 8x, but at the highest speeds, especially at 16x and 18x, the LG drives are definitely faster than the Pioneer 111, they are faster at 18x than the new LiteOn 20x burner at 20x speed even.
On topic: I can highly recommend the LG GSA-H22N, I have it myself. If you need a relaible workhorse for high speed burning, Verbatim DVD+R media (MCC004) prefered, this is the drive to get. Burn quality with the right media is excellent, probably unmatched at the highest speeds (check out this thread for scans).
There is a riplock patch available for this drive as well, but not for the newer Renesas based H42N model, because there is no way to dump LG drive firmwares yet.
I prefer LG drives with the Panasonic chipset for various reasons (forum search), and therefore recommend the H22N.