>>What drive do you have?<<
Thanks for the feedback. My drive is just described by Dell as a generic "16x DVD+/-RW Driveâ€. I couldn’t find a manufacturer or brand name anywhere on it. I suspect it is probably some mid-range quality drive manufactured to Dell specs for use in their systems. I have ripped scores of other CDs under EAC without any problems so I doubt that the drive is the problem.
>>Can you scan (disc quality tab) the CD using the Nero CD-DVD Speed?<<
I don’t have Nero yet (current cost for Nero 9 is about $80) but I plan to get it eventually. I can get “Nero 8 Essentials” on closeout sale at Software Outlet.com for $5.00 (I’ve gotten good deals there before). Would that be worth getting to try out?
>>You have a badly pressed CD.<<
Iâ€™ve come to the conclusion that that is the most likely situation. I tried ripping the CD with EAC in â€œSecure Modeâ€ again and this time I just let it run, even though it seemed stuck in error correction. It finally got through one track in about 4 hours with the following results:
â€œSuspicious Position 0:00:00 â€“ 0:00:01â€
â€œSuspicious Position 0:00:04â€
â€œSuspicious Position 0:00:06 â€“ 0:01:15â€
â€œPeak Level 61.0%â€
â€œTrack Quality 89.8%â€
I aborted the rip after that first track since I had gotten the information I was looking for. Apparently the CD has errors that arenâ€™t audible when playing on the CD player and donâ€™t show up in Windows Media Playerâ€™s and Winampâ€™s error detection. They are caught by EACâ€™s error detection however and the errors probably also explain why I probably got static on tracks when I ripped in EAC burst mode. I’m still not sure why Winamp produced a set of .FLAC files that don’t seem to have any audible problems however.
I at least have managed to get that set of .FLAC files under Winamp for archive and back-up purposes.