Hello, I'm curious if there is a compatibility issue with AnyDVD & the Pioneer BDR-2208, or Pioneer drives in general. This drive has a software utility which I believe adjusts firmware parameters. I have set the "Advanced Quiet Drive" feature to "Standard", which maximizes speed & ignores noise produced. When placing any blu-ray media in the drive, the rotational noise is thus loud, reading/spinning very fast. When reading from blu-ray media with AnyDVD, speeds with this drive range from the snail-paced 8.58 MB/s to a more tolerable 28-29 MB/s. After a few months of use, I will know instantly during software "scanning" if a disc is going one way or the other. In the less favorable yet frequent scenario, within the first 1-2 seconds of AnyDVD scanning the disc, the drive's rotational speed instantly drops to a permanent, unwavering crawl, operational noise almost nonexistent. The entire read process is now around 1.5x for what is usually 1.5 hours, 8.58 MB/s every second of the way. I have experimented with timing e.g. having AnyDVD active during drive loading, starting AnyDVD 15 seconds after drive loading; the drive will only throttle when software scanning begins. Of course, this scenario suggests the drive is riplocked but other behaviors have me scratching my head. AnyDVD does not always induce an 8.58 MB/s coma. Sometimes the maximized rotational speed & noise will thankfully keep chugging along during scanning & beyond. Some blu-ray discs experience this, some do not, both situations occurring with single-layer, dual-layer, BD+, etc. There is no pattern. The environment does not change, AnyDVD is the only active window during use. The kicker is a disc once read @ expected speed after a fresh reboot, only to be read later on @ the dreaded 8.58 MB/s. I'm clueless. In my own experiences with riplocked DVD drives, the rotational speed never wavers, it is always at a crawl pace from drive load to eject with commercial discs. I cannot determine if this newer Pioneer drive is plagued by a seemingly hybrid riplock, all user reports appear to be speculation if it does or does not. I've never had a drive with a firmware utility like this one, perhaps it's a new kind of demon. I'm skeptical there may be a misunderstanding between software & hardware, but I could also theorize the drive is responding to AnyDVD's initialization & (occasionally?) riplocking itself. I have been denied access to a firmware request by Pioneer, and many months after its release, there has not been an update. One might guess blu-ray drive manufacturers could stop releasing firmware updates altogether & withhold the initial firmware as Pioneer is doing with this drive, denying any chance to observe/modify, unless dumped by other means. Any suggestions, experiences or comments to relay concerning Pioneer drives and/or the corresponding utility? It would be glorious if a future AnyDVD revision did not trip this bizarre & inconsistent riplock, although actual cause is unknown. But, with my options limited, I am one 8.58 MB/s read session away from reserving this drive specifically for burning & ordering a suggested WH14NS40 from LG for reading. I cringe at the thought of unnecessary & exorbitant laser use @ 8.58 MB/s.