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I personally looked at each item seperately when I got my setup together.
My standalone (DVD recorder) is a Philips DVDR-5500 - which I purchased because my previous Philips standalone player was very tolerant of the burned media I threw at it.
Regarding drives: everyone has a favourite, and as long as you use good media, most drives should do the trick (Matshita laptop drives being a possible exception, LOL). I tend to use any one of 3 drives to burn stuff for standalone viewing: Pioneer 115D, Samsung SH-S203N, or an LG GSA-E10N.
However, there are newer models about now (i.e. the Pioneer 116/216, and Samsung SH-S223x).
As far as media goes: for both SL and DL media, I use Verbatim (either -R or +R). I recommend the Verbatim DLs to be Made in Singapore preferably.
You also don't mention whether you'd like to buy an IDE or SATA burner?
Anyway, that's my tuppence worth, hopefully others will add.