It looks to me like they expected the drive to rip faster.
"The drive also read DVDÂ±RW media at a respectable 8x, but slowed to only 5x when reading DVD+R DL discs and DVD-Videos. While this doesn't have any effect on playback, there are faster drives out there if you want to rip DVD movies."
"This is pretty slow considering there are drives out there that can reach speeds as high as 16x. "
How many other drives out ther rip at 16X with riplock enabled?
That is what makes me think.
I have disabled RIPLOCK and I have ripped about 20 DVD's. The Drive will not go above 5x. I have plenty of time to think while I am waiting.
If you have this drive as your only drive, you do not have movies that are out of your region, you do not need bitsetting, I would say use the original firmware. Don't hack the drive, void your warranty, and degrade your burn quality for an extra 1x rip speed that you will get for removing rip lock.
"The main negative points: The main negative point is, by using/flashing the modified firmware into the NEC ND-3520A it will void the guarantee. Meaning you will lose your â€œmoralâ€ right to RMA the drive if it should break or be damaged during a flash process or other usage caused by the modified firmware. Another negative point is, only the best quality media is likely to get good quality results. Meaning â€“ on â€œcrapâ€ or â€œbadâ€ quality media, there will be hardly anything to gain on quality issues. And as a last point â€“ by removing the RIPLOCK the drive will become noisy during any DVD-Video playbacks."
Also note that in the side by side hacked firmware VS. original firmware, they did not test rip speeds, or perhaps they just didn't post the results, after riplock was removed.
One of the main reasons that people use hacked firmware is for the region free and the riplock removal. I could care less about shaving off .002 seconds from a burn and I would rather be able to use crappy media if I want to.
As I said earlier, If you mostly backup movies, perhaps you are better off not hacking the drive. I would definitely recommend it if the drive would rip at a faster rate but 1x more isn't hacking it. So to speak.....
Please tell me if someone else got this drive to to rip a movie at a higher rate.