Personaly I'd recomend Taiyo Yuden 8X +R media, also known as "T02" because that is the MID code of that media. This stuff is the holy grail of DVD media. Additionaly, the ONLY place to get it is at www.rima.com Yes, it costs a bit more, but in the final analysis, you rarely really SAVE money buying cheap media.
Alternatively, you can buy some of the Taiyo Yuden VALUE LINE media at shop4tech right now with free shipping. It's usualy (in my experiance) 8X TYG02 -R media. The only other thing it would be is 16X TYG03 -R media, and that stuff doesn't burn nearly as well as the 8X stuff in most writers, so you're taking your chances as far as which MID code you'll actualy receive. Here's the link on that stuff. http://www.shop4tech.com/user.htm?go=view_item&id=5167&cata=1&s_cata=286 The good news on this stuff is you can get yourself $10.00 off using Google Checkout, and there's evan a couplon code for another $3.00 off making the final cost $17.00 shipped for 100 disks. I personaly haven't gotten the couplon code to work, but I've used Google Checkout a couple times on two seperate orders of 100 pieces and got 'em for $20.00 each. The current coupon code it JM10.
If you're going to try some of the Value Line stuff, I'd really appriciate it if you'd PM me your e-mail address and let me send you a referal for that media as, shop4tech gives discounts for doing so, and really I AM the one reffering you to them.
Lastly, if you're looking for media you can just buy localy and have it be good stuff, the Verbatim media has done many of us really well. Particularly the CMC made stuff. The way you can tell the differance is that the "OPEN," and "CLOSE," on the top of the cakebox will be in a serif font, where as the prodisk manufactured stuff the font won't have those little serifs in it. (See here to know what I'm talking about: http://m-w.com/mw/art/serif.htm )
One final note, if I were choosing between the Pio and the Lite-On as my ONLY drive, I'd go with the Lite-On BECAUSE of the ability to reliably scan burned media. This is the ONLY way to reliably tell how good any particular disk is, and whether or not it seriously needs to be re-copied to ensure the safety of the material it contains.
Hope all this helps. :iagree: