Han wrote:DV-516E is a rebadged Pioneer, definitely. Just look at both drives. TEAC decided to use Pioneer's drives for DVD reading/recording. They only tweak the firmware a little...
Do you have a link, and which Pioneer model is it supposed to be?
I'm surprised, because the 516E opens very forcefully, JUST LIKE my other 2 Teacs. No other drive I've seen opens like the Teacs.
I have a Pioneer DVR-105, which is completely different and doesn't open anything like the Teacs.
Another thing: the 516E took a half hour to copy a protected audio CD...and with Nero the 516E would NOT rip an individual track from this CD at all. All in all the drive acted very much like my 540E doing this job.
But the DVR-105 went through it like butter, fast and smooth, single track as well as whole CD.
Does this sound like they're made by the same company?
BTW, the 516E reads at 48x, the Pioneer models from 117 all the way through to 120 read at 40X....or do you think the speed issue is firmware-related?