The choices I have are:
- pioneer 106s
- asus e616
- liteon 16 speed (I think it's the LTD-163)
- aopen 1648
Now each of them has their bad sides, according to reviews, some of which may have been corrected with new firmware releases. As I can't find info on that, I'm asking here.
Can any of you say that one of the problems below has already been solved? it will make my choices just a bit easier to make
- cannot read subchannel (96 bytes) data
- low DAE ripping speed
- very slow laserlock/securom ripping
- very slow seek time and sometimes takes ages to spin up
- lots of errors on DAE for scratched disks
- skips errors very slowly (on audio cd's, dunno about DVD)
- doesn't read subchannel data at all
- doesn't fully read 90/99 minute cd's
As I heard of NO problems whatsoever with the liteon, I am thinking of going for that one, but but the problems with asus could easily be corrected by a firmware-update, I think, and I heard it's even faster than the liteon (except DAE).
The pioneer and aopen almost disqualify themselves because of the subchannel data problem, although I don't know ho much of a problem that is IRL: I mainly intend to watch + rip dvd's and rip cd's, for which I also have my sony crx140e-bp.
Plus I think the slot-in feature is really cool
Any help is appreciated.