What is the best CD ROM reader? It can be a DVD ROM also, just the highest quality unit. fast access times. Plextor does not make CR ROMs or DVD ROMs now.
That are drives not available to the public.
Mayber a Plextor Premium.It's CD-Burner and a bit expensive, but it's a great drive for DAE and has excellent writing abilities too.
since the AOpen 1648 is no longer readily available I would say one of the lite on DVD Roms are about your best bet.