[QUOTE=RichMan;2077044]In my opinion, NO. You will never get an exact or perfect rip because each drive has a different skew. If you use the same drive, same CD and same software and get the same CRCs, then those 2 rips are the same but not exact. There is no way to get EXACTLY what is on the disc since there is no drive that I know of that has zero skew. You can only get what your drive will give you with it’s ‘built in’ skew. Even if you were able to read from point A to point B at your decision, you would still not know where the real A and B where on the original disc. Also, even the original CD itself can and does have some amount of skew.
With audio, there is never a perfect rip no matter what others may tell you. You simply can not control where your drive will start reading or where the true audio on the CD actually started. It’s just impossible with audio since the main channel and subcode are not locked together in any way at all.
The main thing to remember is that none of the this matters since the differences are so small and the human ear can not hear them. Only on a rare few cross-faded discs would you possibly be able to hear a very slight difference in how a song begins. But, very unlikely.
So is it all about the beginning and end only? And not a distorted sound through the entire track? Like the “skew” only affects the beginning or end?
And what would the difference be like? Is it a slight longer silence or something?
Edit:In light of all this, is there any use for programs like EAC anymore?