sorry if this question has been already asked many times, but I am interested in an answer that also considers today's optical market offers..
So: I have lots of Audio CDs (CD-Rs), most of them were burned by myself many years ago (copies made after originals, or you know, copies made after copies); of course at that time (years 2000-2004) I made the copies with the knowledge I had at that time (using tools like CloneCD), and yes, they may not be perfect copies, I didn't knew many things about Audio CD structure and extraction. My problem is that now I want to backup my collection in flac/cue, taking advantage of nowadays storage space. Unfortunately, some of the CDs started degrading, I'm starting to get many read errors with EAC in secure mode with my Lite-On LH-20A1H IDE drive..
Given the degrading condition that most of my CD-Rs are in, I want to extract them as best as I can until it isn't too late I saw that although the Lite-On is not such a bad optical drive, it isn't the best for DAE either, and I've heard many good things about older Plextors for example.
To be short: WHICH drive would you recommend ?
I am thinking about some old Plextor drives, saw that some models became legendary, but I want a recommendation, a model, something that I can still buy from somewhere on the internet, even ebay.. Graphs like ones found here tell many things about Plextor DAE quality and performance.. But I've also heard that modern Plextor drives aren't of the same quality.
Of course, it must not be necessarily Plextor. Also, it can be anything, a CD-Rom, a DVD-Burner, anything. The main purpose here is to get as much as I can out of my Audio CD-Rs.