I'll be building a new computer soon and I was wondering what DVD burner to get for it. It's probably going to be a HTPC, so it has to have good playback quality and ripping speed, as well as being region-free.
I currently own an NEC ND3500a and 1100@1300, I don't want a 3520, what's happening with the 3540 - it's not out yet right? Ooh, I just heard the 4550 will supercede the 3540 with DVD-RAM support?
How about other brands - I wouldn't mind going back to Pioneer, as I was pretty please with my old DVR-105, but I heard that the 109 was awful compared to the 108, what's their up-coming model?
What about Plextor? Last I heard they were making some good upgrades in the firmware for the PX716a (16x DVD-DL?) but a friend who just spent a lot on one of their CD-RW's said it's useless at ripping CD's.
How about Benq, are they any good, not interested in Sony crap.
I guess I'm most interested in DVD+R so I only need to buy one kind of disk for all my drives.
Is it worth waiting for BluRay or HD - that's gotta be a long way off right?
Sorry for all the questions, but been away from the forums for a while....