It's probably a bit late to reply since the thread starter probably already has bought a DVD burner, but I would like to throw my t'uppence in anyway
The best writer, IMHO, is a BenQ or a Phillips writer. My current writer is a Phillips which I salvaged from a damaged Packard Bell iMedia 1308 (produced sometime around 2005) and good lord, it's like a super burner! It hasn't once yet rejected or failed any discs I've thrown at it since my mass burning spree starting last year.
Fake TY discs, CMC MAG AM3, Ritek F1, RitekG05 - All burned wonderfully on that burner. I was actually pleasently surprised it still read back a Princo 4x disc burned by a friend sometime in 2003 :eek:
Based on that experience - It would have to be a Phillips or BenQ writer. But please for the love of mercy - Stay away from Pioneer! I know it's supposed they are supposed to be good, but I've had nothing but erratic burning results and wasted many discs.
In fairness, it was second hand and pulled from a computer sometime in 2004 I believe who used to be mass burners. I always used 16x media, and probably since the firmware hasn't being upgraded, that was probably my fault.
Actually based on that nightmarish experience alone; I've stayed away from CMC media, but I reckon on the BenQ / Phillips burner, is the best IMO. Or maybe a Samsung, because their cheap