Ya of course you're right, even my benq only gets just under 15x for any DL disc, and it's one of the fastest rippers out there. Last disc I did got up to about 14.75x, and it ripped a full pressed DL in 10min, now that's fast. Other movies with not quite so full a disc can rip in less than 10min, I like this drive alot.
After doing some more testing with the 16p9s, I have mixed feelings. It is a very good reader (until it goes too fast), but I expected it to be a little better. Now I know that speeds drops doesn't mean I won't get a good read, but I prefer a drive to reach it's maximum speeds, reading very well the whole way.
So with pressed DL, even with firmware set for 14x max DL reading, I usually don't get all the way to 14x and back down without speed drops. With +R SL, it always gets to 14x no problem, but gets unstable above that. And with pressed SL, ya ur right dicer, it gets up to 16x with a pretty good read, only a little jitter toward the end. But I rarely have bought movies in the last few years that have been SL, almost everything is DL.
So I guess I'll have to set the fw to max 14x for +R SL, and max 12x for DL to get stable reading . I'm a bit disappointed, was hoping to rip faster. Any other good or bad experiences with this drive to share anyone?