Well the TEAC drive is far from quiet but I can say its main focus is quality as you can see by the various techniques it offers (Running OPC, Fine Focus Control, see page 3). However when it comes to backing-up SafeDisc 2 and above the Lite-On drive comes recommended followed by the Plextor and TEAC gets the third place. The Lite-On is the only drive that can copy SafeDisc 2 without problems. The Plextor has correct EFM encoding but has problems with SafeDisc 2.51 and the TEAC has problems with all SafeDisc 2 versions and therefore needs help with CloneCD’s AWS. If you don’t care about maximum speeds and you want a drive that’s not too noisy I would say go for the Plextor PX-W2410A. If you want a drive that’s fast, reliable and produces quality at every write speed go for the TEAC. It will however by noisier than the 24x writers of course. The vibration of the TEAC drive is no more than 24x writers and 32x writers if you have properly attached the drive.