So after looking and reading reveiws of all the different brands of Dual Layer IDE/ATA writers here in this forum, and looking at current offerings at sellers, i.e. Best Buy, New Egg, Amazon, Circuit City, etc, it seems that no particular brand or model stands out as the one to get. In reading through all the brand forums here, there seems to be issues with all brands and models, whether it be a user, or hardware problem.
It really appears to me that what ever of the more popular brands or models I decide to buy, it will be a total crap shoot. The only thing I guess I can fall back on is the old saying, "You get what you pay for". So I guess I'll have to steer away from low prices and go with the higher ones and hope for the best. I'll also have to buy from a place like Best Buy, where if I run into problems, I can take it back.
In short, "the almighty, king of all Dual DVD writers" I was looking for doesn't exist.