New DVD-burner, which one to go for?

My Samsung DVD-burner just died on me, so I’m looking for a replacement.

It has been released several drives since the last time I was into this game, what is considered the overall best drives to buy these days? I don’t really care about the price tag, even the more expensive drivers are rather cheap these days! :slight_smile:

Optiarc still the way to go? With their new AD-724x series?
Or perhaps Pioneer with their DVR-218 drives?

Last time I bought a DVD-burner Plextor was the way to go, and Optiarc if you didn’t have the money for the Plextor devices, these days Plextor are just re-branded Liteon drives right?