I have one really scratched audio-CD that refuses to rip with CDex. It plays fine when I play it on my Cd-ROm though. Anyway, I have a CMI 8738 soundcard with optical in and out. So, I looped an optical cable between the two ports and played the CD. Then I recorded the resultant data stream from the optical out back onto the optical in on the card.
I was wondering if this will make a perfect copy, the same as ripping, or will some quality be lost because of the sound card or something? The .wav file I recorded does sound pretty good. The software used in the recording was Audio-Rack which comes with the card.