Thanks for the quick response Ian.
Ian wrote:16 seconds does seem kind of long for that drive. Is it like that with all discs?
All DVD discs, yes, all different booktypes. I think it's still pretty shabby with CD media too - I'll do some more tests.
Ian wrote:As far as ripping goes, the SH-S182M is pretty slow, at least with dual layer movies. If I remember right, its rip locked to only 8x. I'm not sure if there is a firmware out there with rip lock removed, but it might be worth looking into.
Aha, thanks, I've already learnt something! Never knew about no stinkin' rip lock - presume it's not the same as a flying lip-lock!