what experience do you have made with your optimal drives in your burning-career ?
My first CD-RW-burner in early year 2000 was a HP 4x for 399DM (= 204,01€), my most expensive drive was a Plextor 1210A for 599DM (= 306,26€)
Now DVD-drives are much cheaper than CD-RW-drives in the old time, so what about the quality?
I still have some old CD-writers from Teac, Liteon, Yamaha which are rarely used but still works. My oldest DVD-drives are from Benq which also still works.
But not all older drives were so reliable. I had defect drives from Liteon (mostly readers, but also CD-RW-writers), MSI (Optorite), Mitsumi
Some years I had not so much defect drives, but in the last time the failure rate is decreasing.
LG GH24NSC0: 3 drives are existing here, one burns media really bad (unreadable/unrecognizable) and make weird noises, reading OK. The 2nd drive also make similar noises, but works without problems. 3rd drive (less used) still in good shape
Pioneer BDR-209D: 1st was DOA, 2nd works flawless
LG GH20NS: Suddenly dead, won´t recognize any media
Liteon DH-20A1S: After reading some DVD-movies it makes only bad noises and recognized any media
An other experience is, some drives start to burn bad quality after some years.
The LG GH24NSC0 I mentioned above
LG GH22NS40 (OK, it´s not the newest)
Benq DW 1670: Was never great, but the last burns were mostly awful
LiteOn iHAS 524 B: Recognize DVD+R as DVD+RW
LiteOn iHAS 124 F: Eject-button works only if pressed with power
LG BH16NS40: Sometimes all works great, some days it won´t recognize any disc
LiteOn iHBS 112 2: Had sometimes trouble to recognize BD-R-media, Kodak from Umedisc can´t be recognized.
Thta´s my experience, do you have any trouble with (newer) drives?