At the moment I own two NEC ND-4550A DVD-RW drives. They’ve served me well over the years and are great burners, one has finally given up the ghost so I am looking for a replacement. My biggest grudge with these drives is, even though they are very fast readers, they are also very fussy with scratched discs and throw up CRC errors very easily (if I try the same discs with my old lite-on drive, no problems at all).
I am tempted to go with the Sony-NEC joint Optiarc AD-7200A, but I am a little put off but NEC’s read performance. Has anyone tried this drive out? What drives do you recommend for decent reading/writing? Speed is not an issue (I always burn at 12x on 16x branded discs), so I am looking for quality/compatibility.
My experience with burner brands is limited so I am thinking of going for another lite-on drive, but I don’t mind spending on a more expensive drive if it it benefits!