Thanks again for all your input. I installed my LG 8525B 2 days ago, and am pleased with it so far. I haven't had much time to play with it, but so far so good.
The only problem so far is that it couldn't read data from Lead Out when I was doing Error testing with Nero CD Speed.
Also, it gave me an error when trying to burn @ 52X with Memorex 48X (CMC) media (I know, it's because they are only rated as 48X, but I believe the 8520 model could burn them successfully @ 52X). But it burned fine @ 48X.