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Sun Dec 30, 2001 7:28 am

I don't know about all of you out there but I recently bought an Aopen 12x DVD drive and it is extremely noisy. Now I'm working on a new silent system based on the SV24 cube computer and I want it to play DVD's w/o making me go insane from the noise. Does ne one know of ne good silent DVD drives?
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Sun Dec 30, 2001 9:59 pm

I have 2 slot-load Pioneer 16x's, both are very quiet.. I am using the IDE one now, the SCSI one doesn't have digital audio out.. the IDE is ATA-66 as well.. I really like it,
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Sun Dec 30, 2001 11:15 pm

Generally speed is proportional to noise. I have a 5X that's nearly silent, but not quite. What you want is a drive that sets speed proportionally to demand. Some drives set a low speed, like 1-1.5X, when reading at that speed, while others leapfrog in blocks of max speed, then idle. The former type are usually much quieter.
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Mon Dec 31, 2001 1:59 am

The Sony DVD drives we have at work are pretty quiet, but I hesitate to recommend any Sony optical drives. (Got one of thier 2X coaster burners right here....) I've got a 6x SCSI Pioneer slot loader but it's started making a high pitched whine when reading CD-ROMs. The old 2X Toshibas were pretty quiet, maybe you can find an older generation drive at a second hand / surplus store.
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Mon Dec 31, 2001 5:51 am


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Sat Jan 05, 2002 3:15 am

Picked up a generic 16x DVD from Fry's this week. So far, I haven't been able to tell when it is spinning. The drive label as being a BTC drive: mode DVD-16X OEM316B.


I have yet to try a badly off balance disk.
I've got a number of machine running so it would have to make a decent amount of noise before I heard it.

Just my $.02
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Sat Jan 05, 2002 4:00 pm

I am getting a Pioneer DVD 116 with a slot not tray feature. Slot is just so sexy like a car cd player.
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Sat Jan 05, 2002 5:46 pm

I've got a Samsung SD606F that is silent. Older drive, but it's been working flawlessly as the main CD for almost 2 years now. Never really had a problem with any disk, has read everything fairly well.
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Wed Feb 06, 2002 7:22 am

The Lite-On LTD-163 is supposed to be extremely quiet when playing DVD movies according to SR b/c it (probably) plays them at 1x. When it is reading data I am not sure. If the drive you use doesn't get hot you could try a "sleeve" of some type and add active cooling via a Panaflow "L" series fan or a pair of 40mm (Pentium 1) fans. At least the constant fan noise is less irritating than the spin-up/down of the drive.

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