I think that reading speed, fast dae, buffer underrun, are the least important things if you just have some patience. And from all the different types of buffer underrun protections, it’s pretty obvious no one has any patience anymore to not do anything else while burning for just 10 minutes. (20 minutes in my case with a 4x burner) I think the brand is pretty unimportant too, it’s the quality that counts, not the name. I think that Plextor and Yamaha make very good burners. I prefer scsi interface, full subchannel and raw support. And the price is not important to me even though I’m not that well off. I get what I want, not what I need… most of the time.