Huh, you don´t really think someone listen 2 hours to a DivX-movie with that noises ? And a drive that use highest possible readspeed if it only read some KB/s I never had, and I guess I had more than 50 drives
If you know a drive with a crazy FW that would do it, please tell me
But I don´t even know drives which read more than 18x-DVD, and I guess even with 18x most drives need non-original-FW
The AOpen don´t really was a good drive overall, noisy and like to speeddown with many discs.
Rip Audio-CD-Rs was never important for me, I think I used mostly Plextor-drives and a Yamaha CRW-F1. Problems like many other users in the old days I don´t had. Maybe luck, maybe because I did it not often