I like my two plextors (716 - IDE & 755 -SATA) but plextor got out of the oem market on DVD drives I think they have some rebadged ones out but are overpriced. I also have a Samsung that has served me well. Pioneer make some good drives. Bear in mind there is only a nickel maybe a dime's worth of diference between brands, and most brands have turned out a flop or two. Note : I think some of the Soneys are rebadged pioneers)
Here's a good web site to visit on the latest models. I go there when I'm in the market for a drive. They also have some good review info at CDRInfo.