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The Best DVD-ROM Drives

Postby aviationwiz on Fri Jul 11, 2003 12:52 am

All right, we have had many threads over who makes the best CD Burners. I think ONE thread about who makes the best dvd-rom drives is in order.

Now this is only for DVD READERS, not Burners.

I think that, without a doubght, Lite-On makes the best DVD-ROM drives. They have excellent performance compared to other drives.

The only thing that I don't like with Lite-On DVD-ROM drives, is that they are not so well built, I hear a lot of people complaining about how they have had to exchange thier Lite-On DVD-ROM drives because thiers broke. That happened to me as well.

The Lite-On DVD-ROM drives have Performance and Speed, just about what all you need in a reader is.
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Postby CignaXI on Fri Jul 11, 2003 1:29 pm

Another complain I have is that they are a little noisy(not when using them to watch DVD's), but is not a real big problem when you get such a good performence and for the price. I have a 163D rebagged Cendyne, got it for free from OfficeMax. :D :D :D
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Postby aviationwiz on Fri Jul 11, 2003 1:33 pm

Yeah, I forgot to mention the noise. Thanks for adding that.
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Postby Han on Fri Jul 11, 2003 3:44 pm

Nah, the best DVD-ROM drive maker is TOSHIBA. Special patched "no speed limit" RPC1 firmware is a must, of course. 8)
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Postby Raz0rX on Fri Jul 11, 2003 3:54 pm

Han, I am on your side 8)
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Postby Popal on Mon Jul 14, 2003 5:14 am

FYI, I bought the Plextor PX-116A this week end and made several benchmarks I published on CDFreaks' forums :
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?threadid=72286

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Postby dja2k on Mon Jul 14, 2003 6:47 am

hey I have read in here mixed review on the Liteon LTD-165H (XJHD165H)/LTD-166S (XJHD166S which basically is LTD-166S. Is this drive as fast as some people say and does it read all formats well? I don't care about the noise, but I do want to rip a lot of dvd movies. By the way Lite-on doesn't show this drives available on their website. Anyways let me know if this drive is good? I saw another drive on sale, a samsung SD-816B with POWERDVD software for about $10 less than the lite-on LTD-166S. Does the samsung or other drives even compare to the lite-on in performance? Thanks
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Postby aviationwiz on Mon Jul 14, 2003 1:54 pm

My LTD-163D has been performing poorly lately :(

I've only been getting 4x on ripping dvd's when it usually goes cav up to 16x.
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Postby CignaXI on Mon Jul 14, 2003 7:21 pm

Maybe it'is due to the ball-bearings, I'm assuming that with time they start porducing a little vibration when they spin decreasing the lens reading speed. But that's my theory and as it usually happens they are wrong.
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quietest drive

Postby faithfoo on Sun Jul 20, 2003 5:10 am

Which Is the quietest DVD drive for HTPC

can read mpg files ( burn as data CDRW discs )

best quality when used with ATI Radeon

I believe most would be able to read DVD RAM discs ( those used by Hitachi DVD RAM cameras)
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Postby hoxlund on Wed Jul 23, 2003 2:44 pm

i must hear more about this no speed limit rpc1 firmware, cause all im going to be doing with my near future dvd-rom purchase is ripping dvd movies

one thing i also like about the toshiba dvd drives is the lack of volume control and headphone jack on the bezel, along with my sony dru-510a dvd writer

ill have no volume or headphone jacks left, :lol: , and thats a good thing
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Postby Han on Wed Jul 23, 2003 3:37 pm

Well, it all depends on how good the movie is recorded, whether it's a single layer or a dual layer DVD, how badly it's scratched, how well it's balanced, etc. In perfect conditions Toshiba is now a pretty fast ripper!
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Postby hoxlund on Wed Jul 23, 2003 5:08 pm

well ill be ripping almost all the time with commercial dvds

and probably princo 4x dvd-r
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Re: The Best DVD-ROM Drives

Postby MikeTR on Wed Jul 30, 2003 7:52 am

aviationwiz wrote:All right, we have had many threads over who makes the best CD Burners. I think ONE thread about who makes the best dvd-rom drives is in order.


Good idea. It's been ages since I've seen a proper DVD-ROM review anywhere. The latest one on CDRLabs is the good old Lite-On -163 (emphasis on OLD). I'm doubting between the Lite-On -166S and the Plextor -116 at the moment. Would be nice to see a thorough comparison between these to drives.
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Postby Raz0rX on Sat Aug 02, 2003 1:56 pm

Man, the Toshiba M1712 drive is so impressive! It read my DVD-RW (Optodisc 2x) starting @ 6.57x and it went all the way up to about 14x! I think this drive is by far the fastest drive when reading DVD-RW media.
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