Many long term CD users may know about the issue of CD rot/bronzing that occured in the early to mid 90s. The problem arose at Blackburn of PDO in the UK.
There’s lots of detail at this link below
Anyway, I’d found many of these discs in my collection and put them to one side. But typically, like you do, never got round to sending them off to PDO, despite contacting them, to get replacements. Now, as you’ll read from the link, the replacement service has been ended by the current owners of the manufacturing plant. Therefore, the only option is to contact the individual record companies directly. This is complicated further by the buyouts/takovers/amalgamations in the record industry in the last few years. However the majority now appear to be part of Universal group.
So why am I posting all this here…well I need to find the best app to check those discs that are showing signs of the ‘rot’ problem. Visually, some discs are clearly going off with bronzing on both sides. Others are discoloured only on the label side, some with printed labels are tricky to tell as you can only see the outer rim.
Obviously I need to do a thorough digital check and to back up those most important discs. Now for ripping I’d use EAC with Plextor Premium…Do you think this would be appropriate for checking also, or is there something better, for example, from PlexTools?
Thanks for any advice…