Some days ago, my NEC 4571A stopped reading some pressed(!) DVD movies out of the blue. I tried said discs out with a cheap standalone player, which had no trouble reading them whatsoever.
I've been going over the drives which are currently available at a local store (LG H12N, Lite-On18A1P, NEC 7173 and Samsung S182D) and all of those seem to have a single notable issues at the least - from the S182D's DVD-R lead-in problem to the LG's "abysmal" DVD read speed.
And now I'm in a dead-end. I found very few comments on read quality when searching for info, which is to be expected considering the nature of this website though. But that aside, I would very much like some recommendations as to which drive would have outstanding read (DVD and CD) capabilities. Of course I'll still to burn a DVD every now and then, but speed is no concern - even 4x would be just fine since I write discs so rarely.