First off, I did read this topic http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=117189 posted here
However, the last post there was 4 weeks ago and overall the thread is rather uninformative.
Now to the point:
I want to get 2 DVD drives - one “best” ripper (doesn’t matter if it can burn or not) and one “best” burner.
The ripper has to be able to deal with most game/video/audio protections out there and make accurate rips of those fairly fast (unless it’s absolutely necessary for it to be slow… in which case it better be amazing :P), and hopefully pass the 3-sheep test. I am not sure if a ripper can be amazing for both CDs and DVDs. (Can it?) If it can’t, then what’s a good CD-ripper with the same qualities?
Respectively, the burner has to be able to burn both protected and unprotected discs like magic, that can be played back on most other DVD drives.
Also, it doesn’t matter if the firmware for a certain drive has to be modified for it to be really good. Performance is what matters most.
(If this has been answered somewhere else, then sorry - I tried searching; may be you could point me to it).
Hopefully this topic will be helpful to many others.