Personally, I think I'd avoid the adapters and just get one of the available IDE drives. Looking at Newegg.com, there are some from LG, Lite-On and Samsung. None of them would be on my list of very best burners, but since you are using Taiyo Yuden blanks, they should work just fine. At $17 with free shipping, thisSamsung is close to the price of that adapter. If you get that Samsung, make sure you have the latest firmware installed, as the 22x drives improved a lot as the firmware matured.
If you go with a SATA drive, look at the Optiarcs or the 24x Samsung available through Amazon.com.
I doubt you'll get the same kind of usage out of a newer drive as those old NEC's. Many of those old drives were tanks in comparison. My old 1300a still runs as well as it ever did.