I’m going to be putting together a new system within the next week or so, and have been looking at the options out there for DVD Writers. My wifes system currently has an NEC-3550, which has worked flawlessly for us using Memorex, Verbatim, and Maxell media purchased from our local Wal-Mart. I was wondering how the NEC-7170a compares, or if there are some better/comparable alternatives from other companies. I prefer quality burns as opposed to speedy coasters. I would also like a player that has better luck reading media that isn’t in the best of shape (scratches, etc.). I’m really open to any suggestions available. Thanks.
EDIT: Forgot to note, I intend to run Linux on my new system also, so compatibility with Linux writing/authoring applications is a must.