Before you answer, read the below. This question is not as easy as it seems on the surface.
A good audio ripper IMHO, does the following:
1. High speed burst read speed (for unscratched discs in burst mode)
2. High speed c2 mode read speed (for EAC secure mode)
3. High speed scratched disc mode (for discs that have scratches)
4. High speed Copy protected disc reading speed (for CDS/Key2Audio/etc discs). This includes the ability to bypass the dreaded 9-10 sec gap problem, which most sites do NOT test properly (I know, because I've tried some of the drives they've tested and they fail miserably at higher than 4 x CLV).
5. Very high statistical c2 accuracy (~100% ideal)
6. Consistent rip-to-rip accuracy (0% difference ideal)
7. Superior reading optics (small number of "damaged" or "unreadable" blocks with CD Speed surface test with a scratched disc)
8. Superior error concealment with long scratches (no audible glitches even with longer scratches or "blacked out" test discs)
9. Low noise even with high speed ripping (measured in both dBA and sone)
10. Overread into lead-in and lead-out
11. Low CPU utilization at highest rip speeds
Now, I already know that CDR Info and CDR Lab together measure most of these, if you combine their reviews.
However, it's very hard to combine the information from all the reviews and find a combined rank for all the DAE rippers.
What's more discomforting is that the results from other sites (ixbt.com, cdr.cz) do not always agree with the results from CDR Info (and/or CDR Labs).
As such, it is very difficult to draw absolute "What is the best" drive for ripping audio conclusions.
However, my short list currently is (problems in parentheses):
- Sony DRU-700A (noisy as hell, no lead reading,
- Plextor PX-712 (noisy, low error correction accuracy)
- LG GSA-4120B (noisy,
- BTC DRW-1108IM (bad reading optics: easily reports damaged blocks)
This is ONLY for DAE ripping. I'm not concerned about their other failings or abilities within this thread (be those dvd burning, kprobe reading or what not).
My questions :
What is the best DAE ripper in your opinion, using the CRITERIA ABOVE and why?
Which comparative tests is this superiority based on (test references)?
Do you know of any drives that are even better, especially with scratched discs?
Refs: cdr-info, cdrlabs, cdr.cz, ixbt.com and c't magazine dae accuracy tests.
< Message edited by Halc -- 7/19/2004 2:35:25 PM >