Looking for a new DVD burner

Hello, I’m looking to buy a new burner. I see there’s new 7170A selling for $30.99. Is that one any good? I heard it’s only good if you are using media made by Sony. Is it good with Taiyo Yuden 8x DVD-R? Because I still got like 100+ of them sitting on my shelves. Or should I go after 3550A?

In my experience the 71xx series drives are the bext from NEC/Optiarc in a while. They are fast and capable of good burn quality on a good range of media.

You may like to read up on these previews.

AD-7173A (7170 with Labelflash) http://www.cdfreaks.com/article/286
AW-G170A (Sony version of the 7170) http://www.cdfreaks.com/article/292

There are also a number of threads in this forum with results of how these drives burn media.

I saw those thread too. I see lots of spike on those scans. That’s why I was wonder if this drive is still good. I got spike from my 3540A too, not as much as those 7170A scans posted here. But I can still read the disk with no problem.

I have a 3520, and i think i will buy a 7170.