I’m in the process of compiling a list of components for a new HTPC. I’m going to have a DVD burner for sure. The question is whether I need a DVD-ROM drive in the system as well.
We subscribe to a movie rental service, so the drive has to be able to read disks that have been around. My experience with DVD burners tells me that they are pretty picky readers. For example the Plextor 712 I own sometimes has trouble reading it’s own brand new creations, while the same disk is perfectly readable on my notebook’s DVD-R/CDRW combo drive.
So, is that really an issue with burners in general or have I just been unlucky with my burners? Is there a burner that can do a decent job both burning and reading? Or do I need a second DVD-ROM drive for reading? (Let’s assume the money is no issue.)
If I do need two drives, would Lite-On be a good candidate for both? How does it compare to Plextor?
I would appreciate any insight on this.