I'd kill for a LiteOn drive that mimicked their CDRW drives, i.e. burn usable quality on almost any disc (even if it's pressed out of camel doo-doo).
Of course, if it did all this at 16x, then all the merrier. We are still missing the LTR-52327s of DVD burners: a drive that just burns on almost any media. Not always the best, but almost always usable.
Also, my secret wish is that they'd do something about c1/c2 scanning in DVD burners. The current burners are just way too optimistic for any useful scanning.
The last TY CD-R disc that I scanned (full 79.xx mins of stuff) scanned 0.00/0.00 for c1/c2 respectively (both total and average). That gives you an idea how accurate and useful C1/C2 scans on LiteOn dvd burners are for ANY kind of c1/c2 scanning. Surely there are some errors in reading or then LiteOn has truly invented the optimum compact disc reading machinery :)
However, I don't expect universal compatibility nor c1/c2 scan usefulness out of these.
Still, I must hand it to them, it's a working marketing plan: ship out drives with incomplete firmware, make them slightly better bit-by-bit and give the impression that they can be made great with just firmware upgrades :)
The active hobbyists don't care if the drives are crap out of the box, if there is a promise of better fw in the future...