Well, it looks like I'm going to RMA the LG H42 18X DVD burners I got from Newegg about a week ago. It takes these drives on average 25 to 28 minutes to rip a 6 to 7 GB DVD video. The drives just can't rip faster than about 4.6X. Plus, they aren't backward compatible with the hundreds of Verbatim 2.4X DVD+R media I have stockpiled. I could have lived with the latter, but not the former. If I buy a 6 DVD set, I want to be able to archive it to my PC in about an hour, not 3 hours.
So, I'm back to square one. I'm looking for a DVD burner that:
1) rips DVD's very fast (50% weight)
2) has a high MTBF (mean time between failure) (25% weight)
3) is fairly quiet (25% weight)
From your experience, can you recommend any specific model of drive? I would prefer not to have to keep testing them, and then paying return shipping and restocking fees over and over, until I find something acceptable. I just can't seem to find a good review showing ripping time comparison on the modern burner drives. Thanks!