I finally got the drive, for a price this low i was willing to play my chances.
Thanx for the link The_Judas. It doesnt really mention the manufacturers of the DVD-R disks, and i already knew Princo are crap. I am using TYx4 here and all seem to be fine. To bad i dont have a Lite-on DVD recorder around here to post some K-probe scans.
It is a bit picky that is for sure. Using the latet firmware 1033 and it still writes @1x when i use SKC DVD-Rs certified up to 4x.
Anyways it is a good match to the Sony DVP-M50 i have here and i figure it will do its job for a few months till "reinforcements" come