I've been researching this purchase for several days and I think I've narrowed my search to a few products:
Lite-on LDW-400D which burns + and - both at 4x ----> $300 roughly (supposed to be rebadged Sony drive)
Pioneer DVR-A05 which is - only but also at 4x -----> $230 roughly
Pioneer DVR-105 possibly same drive as A05? -----> $215 or so...
Also...25 pk cakebox of Ritek 1x-4x DVD-R ----> $60 or so...
I'm looking at purchasing from Avlogic.com, Hypermicro.com or Newegg.com. Most everything that I purchase comes from Newegg.com and I've ALWAYS been very happy with them. I have order one item from Hypermicro and was very happy with it, but that was some time ago.
I intend to use this drive for creating DVD's from home video, and I want to have the best compatability with all of the family's dvd players. It is my impression that DVD-R is the most compatible with the existing base of set top players. Is this correct? Should I spend the extra money to get the - or +? Does anyone know for sure if the Lite-on is a rebadged Sony?
If I go with the Lite-on, I'll probably buy it from Newegg for $309. If I buy either of the others, it will probably be from one of the other sites I mentioned.
If you have any advice for me about the purchase I'm about to make, I would really appreciate it.