While I love my Lite-on LTD-165H and Teac CDW-540E, no drive can match the quality/speed ratio of my Plextor UltraPlex 40Max 40TSi (though my Asus CD-520 52X CD-ROM comes damn close). It's unfortunate that the newer drives are still lacking one great feature: accurate (above all) and fast DAE. I've recently read that Plextor may be ceasing production of the 40Max. I may have to purchase a couple "back-up drives" if that fateful day ever arrives. If I don't, my venerable Plextor 12/10/32S may miss his older brother.
Drives I Own:
Asus S520/A, Plextor UltraPlex 40TSi, Lite-on XJ-HD166S, Pioneer DVD-106S, Toshiba SD-M1712, Plextor PX-R820Ti, Plextor PX-W1210TS, Plextor Premium, Samsung SM-352B, Teac CD-W540E, Yamaha CRW-F1, Plextor PX-708A, Sony DRU-510A