I've enjoyed my trusty Pioneer DVR-111D for several years now, but I get the sense that it's not long for this world. Normally I would just upgrade to the next Pioneer drive in the series, but I've read scattered opinions that the newest models just aren't on the same level as the older ones.
I primarily use my drive for: 1) Ripping CDs to FLACs, 2) Ripping DVDs to ISOs, 3) Burning data to Verbatim DVD-R (or video to DVD+R DL media).
After some researching, I'm considering the Pioneer DVR-219 or the Sony Optiarc 7260. Would someone know if either of these drives would be on par with my DVR-111D? Any other drives that I should consider?
Thanks in advance!