[QUOTE=LowWaterMark;2151059]Thanks. Your words, [I]“better build”[/I] are music to my ears and nearly enough to settle my internal debate.[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=LowWaterMark;2151059]Have you heard anything about the new Sony Optiarc AD-7220A/S? Does the above product sheet seem like more bells and whistles or a more solid, reliable drive?[/QUOTE]
So far looks like a liteon.
[QUOTE=LowWaterMark;2151059]I’ve always been of the opinion that clever firmware-utilities are never an alternative to solid design, superior components and [I]exacting[/I] tolerances enforced on the assembly line.[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=LowWaterMark;2151059]If I understood you correctly, the [B]Pioneer 216[/B] gives me the ability to employ Labelflash but the [B]Optiarc[/B] does not. That’s an odd paradox given that Labelflash was introduced by NEC. Did I misunderstand what you said?[/QUOTE]
You can get the 7203A or S and have labelflash from the start, i personally don’t use that much labelflash or lightscribe, but yes the pioneer can be crossflashed into a 216L (the optiarc you will have to get the 7203 version).
[QUOTE=LowWaterMark;2151059]Also, you were discussing [I]“booktyping”[/I] with both the Pioneer and the Optiarc. I’ve never understood what the [I]purpose[/I] of booktyping is. I just finished this four page tutorial on Pioneer & MCSE patching over on UDVDR and I’m no closer to understanding booktyping’s purpose. Can you explain it in a sentence?[/QUOTE]
It changes the way that the disc is identified after the burn (form dvd+r it changes to dvd-rom), and also it increases the compatibility with older dvd-player.
Also a little more search you will find more threads about booktype.
[QUOTE=LowWaterMark;2151059]I’m close to buying two Pioneers (DVR-216DBK). NewEggshows the OEM for $31 plus shipping.[/QUOTE]
The 216 looks very good, and with good media you will get great results.