Blu-Ray Drives: Quietest 5.25" Tray Models When Playing BD Movies

For my new “mid (“mini”) tower pc build, I want to use a 5.25” BD drive to play BD movies via

Currently, I have free access to Panasonic SW-5584-C and Plextor PX-891SAF
BD drives.

Of course, with the tower several feet from my ears and with my surround sound system going I wouldn’t expect much if any drive noise to be noticeable. However, have you used one or more specific models or brands of BD drives, which were found to consistently produce low mechanical or vibration noise when playing 1080p BD movies?

Conversely, which model drives have you found to generate very noticeable noise during BD movie playback?

Also do most BD drives get very warm when playing full length BD movies?

And/or have you noticed if your tower’s case fans run any faster/noisier during BD movie playback?

Lastly, do you find that playing (never or rarely burning) BD movies more often on BD drives than playing them on your standalone BD player tends to shorten BD drive life?


 The Plextor PX-891SAF si not a BD Drive, it's just a dvd-rw unit.
 In my opinion, the quietest drive for BD playback i have is a LG BH12LS35 (i also have a LG BH16NS55, a Liteon IHBS 112 and a Pioneer BDR-212EBK).
  Mine do not get warm, since when watching a BD movie the drive does not rotate the disc at maximum speed , thus it does not generate extra noise or heat.
   No, the case fans never sped up when playing BD movies.
   I did not watch as many movies\burned that much to be able to answer to your question.

Yes, I forgot that this Plextor’s not a BD drive; I only got it because someone at SteveHoffman said it’s very reliable for ripping CDs. Thanks for the info about your LG BD drive. Someone at audiophilestyle said his external LGs are excellent and this person echos your experience with using them for BD movie playback.