Having a 25 dollar Lite On drive will save you time and trouble when burning CDs. My Light On does a very good job burning on garbage, ultra cheap ($10-15 for 100) CMC CD-Rs. My Pioneer does not. However, oddly enough, my Pioneer excels at writing to the much maligned CMC and MCC DVD+Rs. Where few drives can write to these disks, the Pio is next to perfect. Go figure.
The Pioneer is fine for writing CD-Rs. As much as people may argue otherwise, you donâ€™t need perfect CD burns for them to work, but I would use good media with the 107 anyway. TYs are cheap and very good. I have only used it to burn three or four, however. Donâ€™t use CMCs: you get what you pay for and they really make older players struggle.
The 107 needs work in burning Richo DVD+Rs, but to Pioneerâ€™s credit, they update and improve their firmware often. Its quality writing to TYs, CMCs, MCCs, Ritek is really impressive.