burner i have is nec 3500a , i also have samsung sm348b combo drive collecting dust atm.
i'm thinking of buying samsung combo drive (52x). only $40 at newegg. to me, cdr burning is much smoother w/ samsung than w/ NEC.
i've had verbatim cdrw,sony, memorex,liteon, and junk GQ.
i liked verbatim best, but that was about 7 years ago.. i'll try verbatim again.
btw. do you know place that sells 32x cdrw 80min disc?