I’ll cast another vote for the Pio 111… it consistently gives me the nicest-looking quality scans and is my go-to burner for most SL burning and ALL DL burning. No built-in AI unit, Walking Optimum Protection against Coaster technology or counter-balancing Ben Wa balls; just a solid unit with good write strategies for most media I’ve fed it. Not too picky, either. Too bad, no overburning, no (usaeble) quality scanning. Also, it’s a boring looking drive.
Honorable mentions I own:
SHM-165P6S… nice 1ecc scanner, good ripper, good burner, too. Too bad it doesn’t overburn. On a side note, the ball bearings sound weird the first few times you hear the drive spin up, but you get used to it.
SH-S182M… not as consistent as the Pio, but every now and then it pulls some amazing stuff out of its plastic posterior.
DW-1650… decent all-around drive, but I only use it for overburning. Too bad it cannot do just a small overburn, though.
PX-760A… no, I didn’t pay for it. Jack of all trades, king of none.
And yes, my LTR-52327S still rocks. Sounds like a jet engine, but it’s a great CD burner.