Originally posted by blinky
With so much cheap dodgy media and pirated media around I think they are the sources of most problems with DVD-writers. [/B]
I could not agree more. However, it never ceases to amaze me the number of decent burners that get "flamed" because of "bad burned disks" on cheap/crappy media. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Crap In = Crap Out. Interpretation = if you are only willing to buy the cheap $0.69, no name/cheap quality media; then don't complain when your burner doesn't deliver. This does not mean that you should spend $5-$6 per disk, but look around and purchase quality media that actually complies with established standards. I exclusively use Taiyo Yuden for my DVD burns. I have yet to burn a coaster, using 4 different burners.
I have had the NEC 2500A for about 1 month now, and I absolutely love it!! It is a tad bit slower than others at 8x burns; HOWEVER, the quality of the burns (as tested by KProbe) are always outstanding, and that more than makes up for the additional 1min of burn time (as compared to other 8x burners).