5 years of burning... multiple thousands of discs (20 so far tonight)
worst hp7200e (rebadged phillips crappy drive) digital research DR-CDRW401248EU (benq 4012eu) and the LG8400
best all the rest... the night i killed my teac r55s trying to use blindread/write it felt like i died. the rest (except one of the sanyo rw1's) are still doing bidness for whoever i sold/passed them to.
from my 12101b on liteon has been my bag. i have burned over 1000 cds with that drive alone.
my first 3 drives cost somewhere around $1300+ (7200e -$399 smart and friendly speedwriter 4012 $399+$142scsi card Plex 820ti $299 + $55 scsi card)
all of the rest together almost cost less than just one of those drives
52246s - $39 after rebate office max
48161h - $69 sams
40125s - $19 after rebate office max
12101b - $69 sams
401248eu - $60 best buy
LG8400 - $30 friend
rw8220 - $50 adamant.com
rocket rw - $100 after smart and friendly shut down.
i am down to 1300blanks now (office max free after rebate yeah!)
so i am starting to look at liteon dvd burners but i might have to wait a bit first...