I am ripping DVD->MKV using Handbrake. I don't believe it is bitrate related because I have tried playing the the presets, and no matter what the end result is the same. I am well aware of the technical aspects of encoding, compression, bitrate, etc. I blamed it on poor quality media not playing nice with my drive because the same disc ripped fine on my Pioneer, but I may have been using AutoGK and xvid back then. Come to think of it though, if memory serves me right - and my lite on is officially dead in the watter so I can not test, but the ripping application played some role. If I ripped via imgburn, it did not appear in the ISO rip. If I used something like DVD Rebuilder Pro and CCE on low settings the effect was there in an ISO rip. In thei nstance of Handbrake I can not recall for sure if I was ripping DVD->ISO->MKV or DVD->MKV directly through handbrake.
Another interesting thing, I don't understand with this Lite On burner. I took some AAC files, that were demuxed from youtube videos(because there is no official release to media for the content and may never be, and in some cases the older stuff, the artist himself isn't sure how to find it at this point) and burned them to some cheapo memorex cd-rs(They were on sale so I figured I would role with the punches this time around as it was theo nly brand in stock). In my 2003 Trailblazer with OEM head unit, some of the tracks(edited using free audio dub) would cut off and jump to the next song. The thing is, the jump wasn't even happening at a place where I had cut audio. Well I picked up a pack of Verbatims after getting a bunch of coasters out of the Memorex, and burned the exact same files to a Verbatim CD-R. The disc plays back fine in my Trailblazer. Is this a burner problem, software problem(burned with l3b in linux), disc problem or head unit problem?
As for the Sony...let me put it this way, how does it compare to the Lite On in my sig? What about a Lite On iHAS424? If either can atleast break even if not excel beyond the iHAS324, I will live through it and maybe I will pick up a blu-ray burner next year about this time.