I disagree 100%.
The Plextor PX-40TS used to be the King of DAE but now it gets its ass kicked big time by many drives.
There are basically two things a drive can do when it detects errors in the audio stream: slow down and read the data again.
The Plextor simply ignores errors and keeps reading at full speed.
Most current drives slow down after errors were detected.
The current King of DAE, the Teac CD-W540E slows down when it detects errors AND reads the faulty sectors again.
So this means you can get the best quality with any ripper.
The error detection functions of EAC are very ineffective.
Because EAC re-reads small blocks again to verify, the pickup is constantly moved back and forward which actually increases the chance of errors.
However, the end result is good because EAC keeps reading until it’s 99.9% sure that the data is correct.
A few months ago I ran a test with the Plextor PX-40TS, LiteOn LTD163 and Teac CD-W540E with a damaged audio disc.
LiteOn LTD163: errors: 46, speed: 26.6x
Plextor PX-40TS: errors: 2196, speed: 27.2x
Teac CD-W540E: errors: 0, speed: 26.2x