My question is going to be fair and simple. I am interested in purchasing a dvd burner. And after constant research etc. I have jotted down to these two dvdrw drives. Although, majority of people perfering pioneer without really giving any specific reasons why. These two drives are on sale at 309 dollars each at bestbuys with rebate etc. After comparing these two. Sony has better performance then the pioneer. Sony writes DVD+RW at 4x while Pioneer is 2.4X. Sony writes CDRW at 16X while Pioneer is 10X. and cache buffer for the sony is 8mb while pioneer is at lacking 2mb. Average Seek Time for the Sony is 200ms for dvds and 160ms for cds while the pioneer is 130ms. Comparing performance Sony has the advantage. if anyone knows alot of dvd burners let me know which to get and please specifiy a reason why. I want a burner that will last a long time. I will be dealing with ps2 backups, data dvd backups, dvd movie backups etc. let me know which to get and why. now its July 31st, will there be faster dvd burners out soon?