I want to buy a new dvd burner and as most of the other threads say, it should be “the best”.
I did found some reviews in the internet but I’m not sure what to take.
I’ve heard lots of good things about the burning quality of pioneers’ drives. But it looks like the 216/217 was the lastes true pioneer with nec chips. Now we have the 218 but it’s decribed by some users as the loudest drive ever made. I also managed to find some very good reviews of the lastes pioneer 219 but it’s hard to find on the market and there’s no information about it.
I was told to buy a liteon iHAS624. I found a nice review here but vroom had problems with the dl media. So I’m not thrilled to buy this one.
Also here on the forum I found many recommendations for the sony optiarc 742x series as being the best dl burner.
It’s important for me that the drive makes QUALITY burns. Of course it depends on the media, that’s why I need a drive that can make in generall good burns.
The drive should not have rip/region and whatever locks and should be able to burn at max speed (without deminishing the quality though). Fancy crap like LightTag/Scribe/Bullshit isn’t that important to me. When I burn a disk I want to have a good quality data not a good looking disk.
I saw that most quality drives use chips from NEC or Optiarc. Can you tell me how to find the chipset of a particualr drive and which drive has the “better” chipset?
Scanning for errors isn’t that inportant but it’s a nice feature.
I also found lots of bad reviews about samsung and lg drives.
So what would you recommend me and why? Any links to good reviews are welcome. Pioneer, Liteon or Optiarc?