I would suggest LiteOn. Since DVD Burners have been around I have had a LiteOn and never any problems with burning or media incompatibilities. On newegg, where I buy my media, there are always complaints of NEC burners not being compatible, this is usaully fixed with a firmware update, but LiteOn has always worked out of the box.
I have the SOHW-810S in my secondary computer and it works flawlessly*. On the other hand, I have an NEC ND-6100A in my primary computer (my laptop) and burns dual layer (2x), and +-R/RW at 8x and below.
*The only thing with my LiteOn drive is that if I burn a movie at 8x, it won't play in my Xbox, it will in everything else though.
You could say I've been around.