what is the reading speed of nec 3520? is it locked at some speed? what firmware will make it go to 16x or to atleast 10x/12x?
Depending on media type, yes.Single layer Video-DVD are locked at 7xDouble layer Video-DVD are locked at 5x
There is no unlocking firmware giving you 10x or more on double layer Video-DVD at this point.I think 7x is the max so far.
what about single layer then? is there a firmwaregiving me reading speed more then 7x on 3520?what is the link to bitsetting/rpc1 firmware?does 3520 do good on taiyouden002-8x/verbatim 8x/16x disks?
Playing single layer disc you can reach 16X with RPC1+Riplock Firmware.The latest one for NEC 3520 is 1.UG
With riplock removed firmware (latest 1.UG) you can get max rip speeds of 6-16x for single layer read-only media, 3-7x for dual layer media, 3-8x for RW media with the NEC 3520.
reading speed for single layer media is good even with standard 1.04 firmware-rarely takes longer than 6mins or so to rip "full" disc(4.7GB)-a bit tiresome with dual layer though-i always keep a combi drive handy,as they tend to read D/L quicker