@PhilWasHere: How well does your BE16NU50 deal with CDDA damage?
Does anybody have the BE12 from 2012 for testing?
In my case, the BE14NU40 is worse at damaged CDDA than an ancient SL-PJ26A from 1989 (which deals with damage pretty good actually. Better than our JVC RC-EX30 Boombox from 2004).
If I try reading a slightly damaged part, the drive gets hiccups that won’t stop.
I used IsoBuster to make a DAE. It took an hour for 20 seconds of DAE due to the hiccups and coughes of the drive, but these 20 seconds actually were completely free from noise caused by the scratches, as far as I can listen.