My much-loved Pioneer BDR-205 is no longer able to burn DVDs as well as not doing a great job reading them so it had to be retired and since I needed a newer drive I decided it was going to handle UHD, as well. Being a fan of Pioneer drives I was drawn to the BDR-211UBK but it's still selling for 120 USD or more depending on where you look. The LG WH16NS60 is also selling at comparable prices but I was lucky enough to be able to get the LG for 80 USD. It was too good to pass up. First impressions: It's loud. Really loud. Initial scanning/reading of the disc isn't pleasant, IMHO. Once copying or playback begins things settle down quickly but even the disc spinning through the air is definitely more noticeable than in Pioneer drives. Read speeds when copying protected images to HDD are definitely slower than my Pioneer BDR-205 and my BDR-2209s. Less quiet during burning. Nothing bad sounding but just louder. I definitely wouldn't return the drive but it will take some getting used to. I know that LG used to have a software program for checking, download, and installing firmware updates. Is that still the case? It was the LG ODD something or other. Also, Pioneer has little utilities to control the settings for their more recent drives (ie BDR-209). Does anything like this exist for LG drives? I searched for answers to both my questions and I came up with the answer that firmware software no longer exists and that there is no utility to adjust drive settings but figured I'd ask those more knowledgeable. I haven't owned an LG drive since my LG GCC-H20L HD-DVD drive and my earlier DVD burners.