and thanks for your responses. I do intend to buy good media (although I don't think I will afford to always buy the best ones, e.g., Taiyo Yudens) but I wanted to know whether LGs burning quality would be better than LiteOn's overall, regardless of media used, or whether that would be the case only with high quality media.
One reason for this is that I won't always know who makes a particular spindle I see at my local pc shop, or that the manufacturers behind well known brands (e.g., Verbatim) might change... In that case, if, for whatever reason one tries to burn a lower quality DVD disk on an LG drive, would the burning quality still be better than LiteOn's?
In other words, would LG drives always produce better burning quality than Liteon's, regardless of media used?
Incidentally, thanks very much for your input to my questions...