Hi. I'm a newbie in DVD-burning. I just got an external Cendyne Combo Interface DVD+/-RW drive, which after I hooked up to the computer identified as a "NEC ND-1300A". I'm not familiar with the brandname and such. Everyone on this forum said that Pioneer is the best, but personally I like the Sony DRU-500UL/DRU-510UL series more. However, I also heard alot of people are having problems with Sony's DVDRW drives. I just want to know is NEC better or Sony better. And about firmware. I'm just wondering is it good to flash them to a newer version eventhough I've no problem with the current version? Thanks.