Best Music CD reader?

I have a friend who owns a pub and has recently converted from a CD based sound system to a computer/mp3 based one.

He’s lumped me with the task of converting his CD collection - I’m using EAC and Lame.

Problem is my Optiarc DVD reader/writer doesn’t seem to make a good job of reading the CDs (granted some of them are scratched to h**l) and I’m getting lots of errors.

What’s the best optical drive I can use to read music CDs?


just check the various reviews on cdfreaks/cdrinfo and keep an eye for “error correction”… , some drives are better then others at reading scratched media however if its seriously scratched even a drive with good error correction might not be able to rip em all the way