Which MID are the Verbatims (e.g. MCC004 or Taiyo Yuden T03 for 16x speed discs)? If they are MCC004 or T03 most recent drives will do a good job and you may prefer to chose a drive based on other features.
I assume you mean audio CDs, CD-R discs are not a strong point for Lite-Ons these days.
I rate my 20x Samsung extremely highly for CD writing. I can put a Verbatim Pastel (Taiyo Yuden) disc in it, write it at 32x and be certain of getting a disc with very low jitter and no unwanted C2 errors. It is also does a good job with Verbatim AZO discs, many drives in recent years don't seem to suit these discs. The only thing I don't like is that when writing multiple sessions on a CD there are C2 errors at the session boundaries, a feature of Mediatek based drives. These errors are in the session lead-in/-out, not the actual data, but they may cause problems if you write audio CDs in track at once mode. The 22x Samsungs seem to have a fundemental problem writing CD-R discs, as far as I know this has not been solved with firmware updates.
I also have an Optiarc AD-7200A. While it is still a very good CD writer, it is not quite as good as the Samsung. But while jitter and BLER are always a bit higher none of my CD players can tell the difference (we really can get very picky about writing quality :iagree:). But it does seem to write multi-session CDs properly.
Some LG drives (the Renesas based ones I think) have a reputation for being superb CD writers, possibly even better than the Samsung. I cannot comment personally as I haven't owned an LG for 3 years. I have never owned a Pioneer DVD writer but some rate their recent drives very highly.
If you do a lot of secure extraction from damaged audio CDs then the Samsung would be the best choice; it reads damaged discs well, has reliable C2 reporting and does not cache audio data. The Optiarc also has good C2 reporting and doesn't cache (maybe just a little bit), but its ability to read damaged CDs is not good. I believe that all current LG & Pioneer drives do not report C2 errors and cache audio data. If your Lite-On drive is not too old then it may be good at reading damaged CDs. My 3 year old Sony DW-G120 (a Lite-On rebadge) was pretty good, had quite good C2 reporting and the audio caching could be reliably overcome using the FUA command.