I used to use grip (frontend for cdparanoia and lame/oggenc) to rip CDs under Linux. Now that I’ve decided to keep my music on my windows partition, I use EAC because I want perfect reads. I have an NEC 2510A and have EAC configured pretty much as outlined here (LAME, Secure mode, VBR MP3s, etc):
For about 75-80% of my CDs, everything goes fine (no errors). For the other 20-25% of my CDs, I receive errors. Is there any way I can configure EAC to try more than 16x5 times to perform a successful read of a sector before giving up and issuing a read error? Often, if I let it run for long enough, EAC will eventually finish ripping the CD, but obviously it isn’t a perfect read if it even encounters one read error. My CDs certainly aren’t that scratched - I could see if it encountered errors on a few CDs due to smudges/scratches, but 35-50 or so seems like a lot. Does anybody know if I’m perhaps doing something wrong? If not, can anyone recommend a method/other tool with which to rip these CDs that give errors under EAC? Or is my best bet to just let EAC chug away on the error CDs and just settle for what it reads? When I ran Linux, I only very rarely encountered a non-correctable read error. Is cdparanoia simply better (I’ve heard that cdparanoia is the best ripper; I’ve also heard that EAC is) or were my rips not perfect? Thanks for the help.