I'm looking at replacing my now long-in-the-tooth LTR-52327S and SOHW-812S drives with something more recent and was wondering how the various newer Lite-On models that have come out recently compare to some of the older, more proven drives.
I've heard great things on this board about the 165P6S, and it looks like it has everything I need - good CD and DVD read/write quality, practically perfect support for protected discs and good speed. But does the good standard keep going on into the xxA1P line? I read a while ago that some people had problems with AnyDVD, is that sorted out? Do they handle the harder Cactus Data Shield protected audio discs as well as the 165P6S (as asked in my thread on the Copy Protections board)? Do they allow reading of 8x DVD+/-R at 16x without firmware hacking yet?