$150? Wow, pick me up one while you're there.
I actually have a Cendyne A04 and have had no trouble with it. One thing to note is that the CD write speed is slower than my Hi-Val 24x CDR drive (as reported by Nero). I don't know what the CD write speed of the A05 is.
Athlon 64 2800+
1xWD 1200BB, 1xMaxtor 200GB SATA
2x512MB Corsair XMS3200
Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
Radeon 9800 Pro, Dell 1801FP - WinTV Theater
Sony CRX320E Combo Drive, Pioneer A04
Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro - Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical
Win XP Pro SP2