After you have read all the reviews and know what your looking for, then that would be the best to ask everyone.
Lite-On, Sony, TDK, Samsung, and LG all have very good 52x drives. If you want a good 52x burner for cheap, then go with the Lite-On, Sony, or TDK. But like I said, read all the reviews first.
jeffbourner wrote:Sorry for not defining best. By best I mean the fastest and most reliable. Is powerburn a good feature?
I would go for Lite-On if you fast and reliable. Powerburn is a good feature like any other buffer-underrun protection.
Go with the Sony if you can get it for a good price. It's based on a Lite-On drive, so it'll be very good.