Best DVD drive for audio protection ripping?

Hi there, I am in the market for a new DVD-ROM drive, and chief among the features I am looking for is the ability to read copy protected audio-cd’s and the audio-protection.

I also use my drive for:

  1. backing up protected DVD’s
  2. backing up protected pc games (although rarely do this)
  3. backing up ps2 games

My local PC store sells the following drives:

Aopen DVD1648
LG DRD-8160B
LG DRD-8161B
Lite-On LTD-163
Lite-On ltd-166s
Pioneer DVD-115
Pioneer DVD-105S-OEM
Sony DDU1621
Toshiba SD-M1712

any suggestions in which of the above drives, or some other model, is best for the uses I specified above, with an emphasis on audio-cd ripping?

The speed of the ripping is not a huge issue, it is just the reliability of the ripping that is.

Thanks

common guys, no suggestions on what might work best for

  1. audio protected cd’s

and for backing up dvd movies and Ps2 games?

thanks

The Asus E616 cuts through audio protections like a hot knife through butter. If you can afford one, you could go for a Plextor (very good audio ripper), however I think that the Asus should be fine (use it with EAC).

hmm Asus huh? Thanks for the info I’ll take a look at it.

My local PC store sells the following drives:

Aopen DVD1648
LG DRD-8160B
LG DRD-8161B
Lite-On LTD-163
Lite-On ltd-166s
Pioneer DVD-115
Pioneer DVD-105S-OEM
Sony DDU1621
Toshiba SD-M1712

Toshiba SD-M1712 is excellent for ripping DVD’s and audio (if you have patched it of course :). It’s fairly cheap as well.

The LiteON LTD-166S is very good with copy protections.

the Tosh can do the job…with the right software

hmm lite-on 166s and tosh1712, but there must be a clear winner in a test somewhere no? (in terms of cutting through audio protection)