Replacement for Plextor 716a

Add me to the long list of those having trouble with Plextor.

I’m looking for a replacement. In looking through ‘best DVD’
threads I’ve seen more mention of Benq than of the previously
favored NEC ND-3520A. Has the NEC been knocked off the hill?

Any other possibilities? I’m just looking for reliable burns at 4x to
8x on TY or good Verbatim media. Something that the PX-716A
is apparently not up to, 8MB buffer or not.