Egads man! I have had a sony dru500ax (riplocked @ 2x), a liteon dvd-rom drive (read most SL discs in ~6 mins), an NEC 2500 (heard your mmv, but mine wasn't even worthy of assuming reading duties), and now a 3520 (reads most full SL discs in ~5 mins...finishing right @ 16x. I'm gonna have to check this (probs above 14x) out some more, but my conclusion thus far (~100 copy and burns) is that the nec 3520 is a better, faster reader than the liteon dvd-rom drive was. Can the 3500 top that ripspeed? Starting with that pia sony ripping and burning some 4x stuff at only 2x, I'm just ecstatic with the 3520 burning 8x media @ 16x, and with good results. Can it really get better than this? 11 minutes to take a full dvd, copy to hd and burn to a fresh disc?