If you look at all the scans done in the DVD Writer forums, it is apparent that there is little difference between the top burners using quality media. The differences broaden quite a bit with the cheap/budget medias. Different burners with different firmwares will all show some variations, but the end result is that all the top burners produce good high quality burns with good media. You may find some slight differences in the scans, but they look the same when you play them on your dvd player. It's no different than buying a car. All of them will start and get you to where you want to go. They just have different features, qualities, and drawbacks. The new NEC, Toshiba, LG, Plextor, BENQ, are all fairly equal quality burners and will produce like results with quality media.