I'm looking for a new burner to put in my recently purchased computer. The past 2 burners I've owned have been Sony burners. The last one was a DRU-710A. I am very happy with it, in terms of performance. While I have no brand preference or loyalty, I do NOT want to give Sony any more of my money (SecuROM got on my last nerve and did a little jig on it).
So, what would you guys suggest for a new burner?
I mostly burn DL DVD+Rs (Verbatim) and CD-Rs (Kodak gold/silver). Those 2 make up about 90% of my burns. The other 10% is DVD+R, DVD RW, CD-RW. I also backup (rip) DVD movies (2-sided DL, DL, 2-sided SL, etc.) and music CDs. I'd prefer a burner where I can change the bit setting/book type. My price range is up to $50 CDN, and it needs to be a SATA drive. Again, the only brand preference is NO Sony under any circumstances. I think the last drive I had was a rebadged LiteOn anyway.
Looking at these forums, and the main site, it seems Pioneer and Samsung lead the way?
I'd appreciate any suggestions.