I think that the two drives I mention used to be considered top-shelf rippers, back when I bought them (many years ago ); don't know what's considered great now.
I used to rip with EAC and Accuraterip, with pretty high accuracy settings for EAC, and it took me a really long time to rip them (tho' they were as accurate copies as you could get, I guess).
I would then use MediaMonkey (which I use to manage my audio library) to tag everything precisely.
Since MediaMonkey now includes Accuraterip, I believe, I had been thinking about using that; it would be nice to have that "keep ripping and take the average" methodology of EAC, but using both EAC and MediaMonkey wouldn't be as easy and would take much longer, as before.
Thanks for the link to IDE controllers - I'll take a look there!
Still, I wonder if any old-guard CDFreaks people would know what's "as good as the old IDE Plextor drives" for accuracy - sure, I can compare using Accuraterip with the drives themselves, but wonder if it's worth using drives as old as these are to do the work.