BigSammy wrote:Well, I'm an impatient person and I went with the Lite-On based on my previous good experience with the brand
I'm sorry I didn't see this earlier.
I have a SOHW 1213S and cannot recommend it at present. It's OK at 8x, but not with all media. I have not
written a readable disc at 12x. The quality of CD-burning is not what I'd expected either (C1 mean ca. 3.7 on TY media!). It has "reading issues" in that the BLER scans (PI/PIF with KProbe or CDSpeed) are unrealistically high at CLV (e.g. 4x). It is
an excellent reader- but that's not why we buy a burner
. Even the newest firmware (TS0D) has not fixed these issues completely. I'm hoping that future upgrades may fix that- or that a cross flash with 1633S or Sony 710 fw may help.
But at present, you'd be a lot better off with a Pioneer.
(Who loves his LTR 48246S)