The Plextor PX-W121032 has replaced the Sony RX-145E as the Best IDE CD-Writer available. The most important change has been the release of CloneCD which enables DAO in RAW mode (meaning it can almost copy any kind of CD Protection) and the BURN-Proof feature which is utilized in the Plextor PX-W121032 drive.
The Sony RX-145E is currently second best as Sony has changed their policy concerning the support for 80 minutes CD-R's. This CD-Writer supports writing in RAW mode, it can't Read RAW so another CD-Reader capable in reading DAO RAW is needed!
Note: There are 2 models of the Sony CRX-140E, they are physically the same: CRX-145E/CH (Europe) & CRX-145E-RP (US)
The HP 9300i/9310i series are also using the Sony CRX-145E so the same applies for these drives! Both still can't OverSize/OverBurn but this is not that big a deal now as it fully supports 80 minutes CD-R's!
Third best is the Mitsumi CR4804TE because is supports everything and is very cheap, the only bad thing is that it is VERY hard to get! The drive is fully supported by CloneCD and is capable in Reading & Writing in DAO RAW mode!
The Plextor PX-W8432T is also a good drive because Plextor recently upgraded the drive so it also support the DAO RAW mode. The bad thing is that the new firmware doesn't seem to support Overburning anymore!