I have fresh news on the rip speed issue.
Finally, I bought both Pioneer S09XLT & LG BE14NU40 (I reordered it again after returning it some time ago) and I've figured out the following:
The REAL problem is AnyDVD. Period. With AnyDVD you cannot get more than 2x MANY times with BOTH (read, both, not only the Pioneer) drives.
In fact, I got less than 2x speed with the BE14NU40 and a BD protected movie several times.
The problem is gone if you use another program like DVDFab. This tool rips ALWAYS at max speed (on both drives). Both drives are excellent to rip protected discs (they're on par). A plus for the Pioneer is its full-featured control panel where you can adjust the rip speed in several ways (even the burning quality!) but, unfortunately, AnyDVD is unaffected by these settings.
@LazLong: You can break the rip speed limit by starting the disc ripping with the AnyDVD ripper for a few seconds, then pressing the PAUSE button (not the abort button). Subsequently, eject the disc and load it again. Now you can abort the current process and start a new one in order to rip at max speed. I tried this with both drives and works perfectly.