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Best DVD-ROM/Combo for ripping speed AND quality?

Postby DVGuy on Fri Apr 08, 2005 2:44 pm

What is the best drive to use for ripping? I have heard that DVD burners are actually better at not getting read errors because they have more precise optics. Can you suggest which drive would be the best for speed and quality of ripping? I was using a liteon combo drive and it worked fast, but i have been getting read errors that i dont get when i use the same disc in my DVD recorder to rip, so I would like to replace it.
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Re: Best DVD-ROM/Combo for ripping speed AND quality?

Postby Bhairav on Sat Apr 09, 2005 2:32 am

DVGuy wrote:What is the best drive to use for ripping? I have heard that DVD burners are actually better at not getting read errors because they have more precise optics. Can you suggest which drive would be the best for speed and quality of ripping? I was using a liteon combo drive and it worked fast, but i have been getting read errors that i dont get when i use the same disc in my DVD recorder to rip, so I would like to replace it.


Depends.. how much do you want to spend? The NEC and Benq 1620 drives have a read speed hacked FW available, which allows them to read DVDs at 16X max, but you may not want to justify this investment. In that case,I'd recommend a L-O combo drive (again ;) ), which will allow you to rip at speeds up to 16X, or even a Lite-On or Asus DVD-ROM drive, specifically the 166S/167T or the E616 from Asus.
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Postby aznlstar on Sat Apr 09, 2005 3:24 am

how are those Lite On combo drives with writing to CD?
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Postby Bhairav on Sat Apr 09, 2005 3:49 am

aznlstar wrote:how are those Lite On combo drives with writing to CD?


Quite good, give them some good media and they will do fine.
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Postby aznlstar on Sat Apr 09, 2005 4:05 am

ok thanks, I had a 48x liteon cd-rw before I got my NEC 2500A. I still use fujifilm TYs.
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Postby hoxlund on Sat Apr 09, 2005 10:47 pm

firmware hacks are big hits on the life expectancy of the drive

all my speed hacked drives ive had crapped out very fast
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Postby VeryBadBoy on Sat Apr 23, 2005 7:02 pm

The NEC 3520A drive can do up 6-16x read speed with riplock-removed firmware for single layer discs only, for dual-layer video DVDs its max speed is 3-7x. I got a separate Aopen DVD-ROM drive to read up to 6-16x speed even on dual layer DVDs, however it does have to slow down on many discs around the layer change point, so the average rip speed for a ~8GB dual layer DVD is 10-11minutes, but thats almost twice as fast as other drives with a dual layer DVD.
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