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Quietest DVD drive?

Discussion in 'Optical Storage & Writing' started by squiffy, 4 May 2006.

  1. squiffy

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    Suitable for a HTPC, with sim noise level to a DVD-Video player (can only hear spinning 6" away)

    I already have a Pioneer 104 DVR, 107 DVR, 108 DVR, 106S DVD-ROM and will be trying each in turn but would like to know of a drive in case these are too loud.

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  2. id10T_error

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    LG make very quite drives
     
  3. Solnyshko

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    Samsung without a doubt (in my experience). They use acoustic damping, & sensibly throttle back to speeds that might not be the fastest on the market but are certainly amongst the quietest (...is that word? ;) )
     
  4. pcoltrane

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    I chose my benq1640 because it is relatively quiet. Of course at full speed any optical drive will be loud, but the benq spins right down to a minimum a few seconds after a dvd starts playing an is inaudible.

    You can also make just about any drive quiet by slowing it down with cdbremse (check google)

    Marc
     
  5. AWPC

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    Make sure you do not get tempted to use a modded firmware to remove riplock (to speed up burning) as this causes most drives to make a lot of noise again as in removing riplock it also removes the features which slow the drive motor down so dvds play quietly!
     
  6. grahamjenks

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    My nec drive (3540 I think) has a drive speed utiltiy (part of nero if I recall) that allows you to specify what speed drives read at - unless you're copyiing from a dvd you dont need the full x48 - you can set it to 1x or 2x for watching dvds and the drive becomes very quiet indeed - certainly can't be heard of my zalman cpu cooler (it being quiet itself).

    Obviously if you want quietness during install or running games/burning from dvds etc this wont help.
     
  7. MeatLoaf

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    My benq 155 is very quiet compared to my plextor 716 which sounds like a helicopter
     
  8. ACESHIGH

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    agree completely
     
  9. MeatLoaf

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    If going for the samsung, id get the SATA version
     
  10. squiffy

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    Any others
     
  11. Unromantic__Me

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    My BenQ is pretty inaudible when burning and playing at normal speed