I have tried several programs, the problem exists with all except one. So in that sense, EAC is typical of most existing programs. After several days of testing I have only found one program that will extract at a reasonable rate...whioch you can see in the initial post if you care to read it.
I would argue that DAE is a very common optical drive task so the fact that it is completely broken with most programs would argue that these drives are not, in fact, optimized for normal use, as you suggest, and it is very likely that most people with these drives will experience this problem.
I'm not sure how you guys can shrug off broken DAE as a "some good and some bad" type issue. How can this not be huge for anyone using this drive? This is an expected, standard feature on all drives that needs to work....and it doesn't. Would your response be the same if DVD writing was completely broken on this drive with most programs? I don't really get the nonchalance about this.
DAE is a key feature that I look for on my drives and apparently it's a "no-go" with the LiteOn's. Sorry about the rant, this is just really disappointing.