Originally posted by Tanisek
[B]I have already bought that drive
So far I'm very pleased.
I asked in TDK support about this drive and NEC, and they said, that
some parts of TDK are from NEC, but it has some additional parts, which helps this drive to be quiet, and prevents shaking of not perfect dvds. (this drive IS almost noisless)
When I asked about FW from NEC, they said it shoul work, but the drive won't be able to use additional mechanisms.
About riplock speed, they said, that it can be switched off from good ripping programs - it's not a lock, but it's error correction system (they called it 2D), and it helps reading scratched discs. So he said it's useful witch scrached discs, when other drives won't read them properly, and can be switched off while working with good discs.
I haven't checked this information, I repeat what I've heard from TDK support
Man, I'd call bullsh$$ on that quote. Not on you, but on TDK.
The NEC 2500A OEM bare drive is WHISPER QUIET. I can't hear mine above the fans in my computer when it's in operation.
All of the above sounds like PR that they can tell the unwashed to sell someone else's drive bundled with software, for $80+ more than the OEM version of it. As for the rip speed, I suppose it's possible --I haven't attempted to use my NEC as a reader, just a recorder (I have a reader for playback). Best option is to have someone test their NEC drive first with the standard firmware, and then with the Dangerous Bros. modded copy to see if reading is any worse with the modded firmware.