The Philips DVDR1648 looked great based on the review but I can't find it anywhere. However the BenQ DW1640 can be crossflashed to Philips DVDR1648, right? So the two drives are physically completely the same drive? The only differences are in the software? I tried studying on the subject but didn't find a definitive answer.
The BenQ seems to have (serious) problems with CDRW media and I can't have that because I use CDRW a lot with my MP3s (prooflistening etc.). The review mentioned also some other shortcomings (various compatibility issues) compared to Philips that I'd like to get rid of if possible (review conclusions of the drives: BenQ -> http://www.cdfreaks.com/article/226/11 Philips -> http://www.cdfreaks.com/article/253/9 ).
I tried to find out if the BenQs problems had maybe been solved with a new firmware but their release notes are pretty sparse: http://www.benq-eu.com/ServiceAndSupport/downloads/downloads.cfm?product=750&type=B
Do the aforementioned drives cache audio data? That makes the error correction of Exact Audio Copy slow as molasses (NOT nice). How about jitter? The Samsung drive I currently use for ripping has a feature called Accurate Stream which is supposed to prevent any jitter. I haven't found any info about these things anywhere.
Please help, I'm getting pretty tired of trying to dig up information and this thing is giving me a headache (I kid you not, all this reading and staying up is actually making me nauseated :Z ). Oh why do the optical drive manufacturers torture us like this? Why can't they just make drives that work? sob :sad: