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Hi, I am new on this forum, despite having been an enthuthiastic, albeit irregular, reader here for years. The reason why I have just registered is that I have a problem that I very much hope that some of the wise and helpful members here can help me find the solution to... My problem consists in noise on several of my ripped cd albums - but not all, despite the fact that all of my rips are being done on the same computer with the same optical drive, same software (EAC + JRiver) and all cables etc. being the same as well. Personally I find it most likely that the noise comes from my external, USB-powered, Asus Blu-Ray slim-line combo drive (SBC-06D2XU), but I am by no means certain, so that is what I hope that you will help me to determine. The Asus drive is only slightly more than half a year old, yet it does often make quite a bit of noise when in use, and its vibrations are furthermore easily heard and felt on the desk, and this has been so ever since the day I bought it, although I did not give it much consideration back then, especially since I did not have any decent computer audio equipment until recently. The other parts of my system consist of a Violectric V800 DAC + Violectric V200 head-amp + Audeze LCD2.v2. and Musical Fidelity X-T100 integrated amp + Dali Menuet speakers, all placed on my desktop with what I consider to be more than decent cabling (from van den Hul and AudioQuest among others). If it most likely is my drive that is at fault, then I am considering buying the following drive from Buffalo as a replacement, and I would naturally be very grateful for any informed or reasoned comment on whether it is likely to be a better drive than the one I have and solve my noise problems (my main reason for selecting this one is that it looks like a sturdy build, it has an external power supply and it has a USB 3.0 connection, but I do not have a chance to test the drive before making the purchase): http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00BQTJ1DQ/ref=s9_psimh_gw_p147_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=A3JWKAKR8XB7XF&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1KRZF4554QEA92T0K416&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=455353687&pf_rd_i=301128 Any thoughts?