Thanks for the input everybody! A few additional comments/questions:
I have successfully burned 16x media in my old Pioneer, it just burns it at 4x. Presumably the older drive doesn’t have specific write strategies for the newer media, though, which is one reason I thought a newer drive might produce better burns on current media. Is there any truth to that? Can I expect good burns on new media with an old drive?
The new Pioneers do look interesting, and I have been happy with the quality of my existing Pioneer. However, one thing that turns me off to the current Pioneers is that I’ve read they don’t support quality scanning. I would like the ability to do quality scanning so I can have some way to assess the quality of my burns. With my DVR-105, I am able to do scans with Nero CD-DVD Speed 4.51.1, but the latest ver 126.96.36.199 says “Drive does not support this function”. Anyone know why this might be?