I recently forced myself to upgrade from my trusty 8X Pioneer as a friend needed a DVD writer so I thought, well it's Xmas why not be kind.
So having given away the Pioneer which ripped single layer DVD's (<4.35GB) in under 10 mins (approx. 8000kb/sec) and dual layer at around 7000-odd kb/sec.
It also ripped all Audio CD's flawlessly with any encoding method @ around 20kb/sec. ... anyway there wasn't much reason for me to upgrade other than to have the ability to burn Dual layer DVD's (maybe but probably not considering the price of the media) and Single layer that little bit faster.
Anyway I was rash and bought a Samsung TSH552B dual layer drive from PC-World (OEM section) - works out at about the same as having one delivered, give or take a 5'er, and with an easier opt-out route should the drive prove sub-standard at any of the above.
The samsung ripped DVD's pretty quickly (not much quicker than the Pioneer though tbh, if at all) and ripped most CD's at around between 32-40kb/sec ... however, some CD's failed to rip - U2's new album last two tracks refused to rip ... even after upgrading to the latest firmware. This is, I feel, a problem with the drive design as the same happened on my ol' man's drive which is the same and it did precisely the same thing on the same disks ... baring in mind that these CD's were all brand new originals and would rip on other drives (which I found from testing with the current drive).
So, I thought why not get a Plextor, I have had a couple in the past (CD writers) and have found them to be nothing short of the best optical drives.
The current drive 716A refuses to rip faster than 22X and will dumb down to 8X even on quite a few originals which although I've heard being explained elsewhere as a safety measure simply isn't exceptable (seeing as other drives have no issues ripping the same CD's at over 40X burst!).
The CD ripping I could just about take on the chin - but I have now found that DVD ripping performance is very poor also - far slower than my previous drives. I rip a considerable amount of DVD's (recently upgraded to another 300GB plus10 for storage) for home use - for convenience really as we watch the DVDs from the PC.
Anyway I have troubleshooted the problem to nth degree and I have tried everything short of swapping out the drive for another (because I haven't got another).
Is this just a "feature" of this drive or should there be a way of uncapping the poor ripping performance.
p.s. as I'm posting this I'm ripping Scent of a Woman at 2707KB/s and it's taken nearly 30 mins so far (when previously I had this ripped in under 10 mins)