I have been slowly ripping my CD library to disk using a Plexwriter Premium that I got. It had to be one of the last ones available on-line (got it from Comp-U-Plus). Anyway, I set it up as I should (been using EAC for a long time). I was happy to get the Premium because everything I’ve read indicated it’s maybe the best audio ripper ever made. I also have a NEC 3500 that I use for DVDs.
I noticed on only a couple of CDs that toward the end of the disk the Plex will have a lot of trouble reading the disk (I use Test & Copy). Sometimes it will generate an unrecoverable Sync Error, sometimes it will slow itself down until it can get past whatever the problem might be. What worries me is that when the Plex has one of these problems I hear it occasionally “click” as it tries to re-read the CD. Is that normal?
It’s important to note that I’ve had this happen only twice after about 120 CDs, but at the same time my CDs are in mint condition.
On one of these disks I did get matching CRCs when it was done, although the result panel said there were errors on the last track. I then decided to re-rip that track using the 3500. I read through that part of the disk with no errors at all, no clicking or anything. The result panel said there were no errors, but the CRCs did not match. Not only did they not match, but the read CRC did not match the read CRC from the Plexwriter.
I have a bunch of things floating in my head now. Is it possible I have a defective Plexwriter? Is the Plex really telling me what’s going on with these disks moreso that the 3500, which seemed to have no problem until the CRC check?