I am refering to the 1608 dvd writer, not the aopen dvd-rom. I know the aopen rom will rip faster and is cheaper. Acording to a few reviews the 1608 seems to rip at about 8x if I’m not mistaken (good enough) and I want it for error testing and burning too. I would have put this in the recording hardware forum but thier is not aopen forum so I thought I would put it here. Fyi I know about the limited media support. I also have a liteon 851s@832s and a nec3500 so I’m not woried about it supporting every media. I am mainly concerned with weather it rips good (at the speeds it’s capable of). It’s only 39$ at office max (no rebate required) and I prefer buying locally. Beyond ripping quality (ability to read less that perfect disks), does anybody have an opinion on it as a general purpose drive for cheap (keeping in mind I already have 2 burners)?
I posted the following over on the NEC forum - but I thought that it may be useful here-
I have both the AOpen 1648/aap and /aap Pro-
The aap Pro with new firmware version 1.02 is faster than the regular aap with firmware version 1.07!!
On a 7.75 Dual Layer pressed DVD movie-
aap Pro= 12.92x max read; 9.76x average; 10.45 minutes read time
aap= 12.30 max read; 9.31x average; 11.18 minutes read time
The Sony 1612 (LiteOn 166s)= 9.67x max read; 7.07x average read; 15.24 minutes read time-
The NEC nd-3500AG= 7.13x max read; 5.35x average read; 19.54 minutes read time-
You can see why the 1648/aap & aap Pro are so widely recommended as a $25 addition to your burning setup-
You can get the aap Pro from www.newegg.com for around $25 - wouldn’t this make more sense with your other drives??
I’m farmiliar with the aopen 1648 and have been considering getting one for a while. I was also aware that newegg has them for 25$ now. The aopen 1608 was just more of an impulse purchase. It was on sale locally for 39$ (no rebate required) and I prefer buying locally when possible. I kind of wanted it for another burner to play with, not just as a ripper. It also does cdspeed error reporting so I can compare scans with my liteon. I know the 3500 is suposed to be capable of reporting errors soon but it’s another drive to test on. As my dvd-rom is dying (seems to work fine but it is getting more and more common that it cannot read disks), I still need another drive so that I can have two per computer so I’m still considering a 1648 (it’s not the money, just lasy about ordering stuff online). The 1608 was just a cheap burner to play with (new toy kind of thing) that I could get cheap locally. I was just curious how well it ripped. I already got it so well see how well it does. I might install it later tonight (have to wait till the wife goes to sleep to bring it in from the trunk so she doesn’t know I bought it, lol).
The ole’ Sportsmell - “hide it in the trunk so the ole’ lady won’t know you got it” thingie - I understand now - same thing happened to Sportsmell when he went out and bought like 5000 +R discs at Best Buy for like 5 cents apiece - he’s been hiding them all over town in the phone companies “B” boxes - and shleppin’ them in when the ole’ lady is off to work-
I fully understand-
She’s still giving me crap over the 250 blanks I got at office depot since I already have a shelf full of media but 40$ for 250 disks and 145 jewel cases was to good to pass up considering it was decent (ritek), not off name crap or princo or something.
That’s one hella price for some really good media-
I have been using the Ritek 8x -R G05’s as my “Workhorse” movie copy media for the last 180 or so burns (Now I have to start getting into my TY’s, Verbatim and Maxell medias or I’m going to have to live in the dog house for a long while)-
Watch it LITTLESATCH7!!! Gotta watch these Raider Dorks there ripit. They all seem to have BIG MOUTHS and Little hearts.
My liteon doesn’t like the +r but does ok with the -r. my 3500 seems to like both and like I said, I have a shelf full of media (that the liteon and 3500 like) so no big deal. I had to get + and - as thier was not enough of either to get the deal so I got both. I might try to exchange the + for - as it seems to burn beter though (bet you never thought you would hear me say I would be exchanging + for -). I still have a shelf full of other + media though so I’ll be ok. lol.
No - you have it all wrong AGAIN (what am I going to do with you)-
Raider fans not only now have Mr Moss - but we also have big Johnsons and little hearts-
Be cool - or I’ll call Lynda and tell her where the other 4960 +R blanks are hidden-THEN you will be in BIG trouble-