We can’t really say with certainty that Verbatim’s DL media is going to have good stability in, say, 5 years, one would hope so but time will tell. I’m about the furthest thing from a media snob, I have just as much cheapo media as I have good media, I have several hundred of the SL Playo discs and I have zero coasters so far and they have not had stability issues, even though they don’t burn quite as nicely as my TY, MCC, etc. At $10 per 100 or cheaper, I’m quite happy with them for their intended use But the thought of $1+ per disc is a bit hard to tolerate, at that price I’m a bit more particular when it comes to quality if you know what I mean If Verbatim never sold for less than $2.50-$3, then I’d consider these, but I’ve seen them sell for ~$1.20 on occasion (yesterday I believe, maybe even still today via Newegg), and I bought a 10 pack a couple months ago for $.70 per disc (after rebate). At those prices I’ll patiently wait for the occasional sales, although I’d give the Playo discs a try if they drop to around $.50-.60 (unlikely for awhile at least).
Did you scan any of your discs for jitter in your Liteon using DVDScan by chance? I’d be curious how the Liteon reports the jitter compared to the Benq.