He should know, he's got a a gazillion drives (and pretty nice ones too!) :bigsmile:
For DL writing I'd go with the Optiarc AD-7201A (many are unhappy with the 116/216), for reading and ripping the LiteOns (AD-7220A/iHAS422) win. Audio ripping - I honestly don't know, I still use a CD-RW for that (since I've yet to encounter a DVD drive that rips CDs well). But if you had to choose a drive, and burning quality discs is your primary concern, the 7201A is your best choice.