When burning DL media none of the burners on my signature satisfies me. The Lite-ON produces burns on DL media with such high PIE that it sometimes can't read them back itself. The LG depends on the media. I also have an old NEC ND-4550A. But still need to open the computer case and put it there. Still I don't know how it performs for dual layer media. The scans I have seen from ND-4550 DL burns on the web aren't so good looking either.
For the PATA interface, I can buy the Optiarc AD 720XA series, the Pioneer DVR-116DBK, plus many from Samsung or LG.
Do I try the old NEC? Or do I buy a new one? If the answer is the second, wich one to buy?