[QUOTE=Bob_Collins;2409121]What makes this statement true? Why is this burner better than the LiteON iHAS422 I just acquired?[/QUOTE]
The question was about the best DVD+R DL burner, not about the best DVD burner in general, but about the burner that is best at burning DVD+R DL media. If the question was interpreted wrong, then I apologize.
I was responding to the question because I assumed the OP was asking about a drive’s ability to burn DVD+R DL media specifically. The proof of the AD-724x series drives superiority in that area can be found by simply looking in the NEC/Optiarc forum, and perusing many of the DL scans. They are beyond amazing.
Now, if you’re just talking about a drive’s burning abilities in general, with SL or DL media, then the AD-724x series is still at the top of the heap, but it might share the crown with drives from other manufacturers.
Also, if you want to talk about the best general-purpose drive, which is good at a number of things, then that would yield an entirely different answer.
Really, the best drive all depends on what you need to do. Most of us own multiple drives because no one drive is the master of everything. They don’t make those kind of drives anymore (like the original BenQ and Plextor), so the very question, which comes up again and again, is obsolete. There is no such thing as the best drive, rather, there are drives that are the best at doing certain things.
Let me break down my basic brand recommendations (this only includes drives currently manufactured):
Best For Burning CD Media: (1) Pioneer (2) Optiarc
Best For Burning SL Media (1) Optiarc (2) Lite-On (3) Samsung
Best For Burning DL Media: (1) Optiarc (2) Pioneer
Best For Quality Testing: (1) Lite-On (2) Samsung
Best For Ripping And Reading: (1) Samsung (2) Lite-On
To me, the best combination would be an Optiarc for burning and a Lite-On for ripping & quality testing.