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I own 5 Pioneer DVR-111s. They work great and only cost me $35 each (newegg.com).
Image quality is not determined by the burner. Its determined by the software that creates your DVD files. For compatibility with set top players, use the "-R" format disc. "+R" has less compatibility (but still work). As far as speed is concerned, most burners will write at 16X but high speed burning is not recommended as it is more apt to create writing errors. At 4x I can write a full DVD in 15 minutes. I also have 5 so I can create 5 in 15 minutes if I need to. Gear video 8 allows me to write to all 5 simultaneously.
Also, when creating your DVD files, use a bitrate of 7MBps or less. If you go higher than that your disc could skip and choke due to excessive information.