The old Maddog (benq) seems to be dying (burn results falling off and read is getting twitchy) and I'm in the market for a new burner. Went through the cdfreaks recommendations and newegg customer comments and got a bad feeling about everything. Best at cdfreaks was 80% approval. 1 in 5 is not good odds. A lot of complaints about DOA's and noisy drives. Considering I have to look at the light on my old one to see if it is spinning this is discouraging. I'd go Benq or Maddog again but Compusa is gone, Frye's is a 2 hour drive and CC/BB have no selection. Every brand seemed equally bad. And a lot of unit to unit variation in quality on lite-on and samsungs. Media tolerance had a lot of variation too. Sooo... Recommend Burner Brand and the media to go with it. Please base recommendation on recent experience only. I set it so you can pick more than 1 favorite. Thanks.