Read the forums cranky, initially after release 716 drive was producing one of worst quality burns possible, it took three hardware revisions and 5 firmwares to fix the problem. Point is, a certain lexux model may proove to be more unrelaible than KIA, so before going spending all out, you should read reviews. As for the where to invest money drive or media I have always found that quality media is more important than drive. In all the drives I had only BTC produced substandard quality burns with TY media, on the other hand all of the drives created bad burns with cheap CMC/Prodisk media. So as long as you buy at least half-decent drive and good media like TY/RICOH/MCC you will always have good burns (I mean heck, even LiteOn DVDR can handle TY just fine), on the other hand if you buy cheap media, no matter what drive you buy you will always have bad burns.