I am a silent computer enthusiast. fanless psu, water cooled cpu and vid card by Zalman (silent), 1 120mm fan on the read undervolted.... virtually silent system. I own a pioneer 109 model, it has a rubber encasement around it. I used their firmware level silent drive program to limit its speeds. It is SUPER quiet when it plays dvd's for movie watching. I do burn home movies and convert amateur filmwork to dvd.
I know there is a 111 version of pioneer, but I remember back when i purchased my 109 that there was the crap version that had no rubber encasement and was like 2x as loud in general. I am guessing the new 111 is like that as well. Mine was a 130 dollar version.
Well, I want to get a plextor this time around on account of this pioneer dying after a 1 1/2 years of ownership, light use and it not reading retail cd's out of the box that were pressed like a few months ago.
Which would you buy: a 760a or a 716AL
I like the slot load thing, its slick. 8mb cache is cool. (supposedly does very little but why not? q-check looks useless for me.
money is not a concern.