When I checked my mail inbox today, I was surprised to find the 2.R8 firmware for the NEC ND-3500A inside. There have been lots of rumours about this firmware, but nobody was able to get hold of it. With this firmware it should be possible to use the quality scanning feature in e.g. Nero CD-DVD Speed. Reports and comparisons about the scanning functionality are highly appreciated.
Please be aware that this firmware was compiled in March 2005 and will likely not burn all the latest optical media. It will probably lack support for many 16x discs that are for sale these days. You can download the unmodified version of this firmware as well as patches that include bitsetting, riplock removal and/or RPC1.
A big thank you goes out to whoever sent me this file.