It tells you that you can configuire the compression encoder LATER
And since you specifically stated that you want to burn CD,
not mp3-CD, you don't need that anyway.
Rip as wav then burn from wav.
it is undesireable to rip and compress if your main use for the
audio files is intended to be for burning CD-audio
Your ability to store relatively bulky wav files is limited only by your
free HDD space, but more HDD volume is cheap enough.
BTW, I don't let EAC encode to mp3 even thought I can with my setup,
I choose not to because it's SLOW.
It takes ~3min to do a rip of a complete CD,
my seperate file converter (Switch sound which uses the LAME algorythm)
also takes about 3min to do a compression for a total of 6min
If I let EAC rip AND compress it takes ~20min per disc.
And that's on a fairly fast pentium4 with 2gigs of RAM.
Tagging is also done as a seperate operation,
but that typically takes me all of 90seconds.
But all of that isn't necissary for making duplicates of Audio CD's
I make dulicates of everything I want to play in the car as an audio CD, because I absolutely will not play originals in my car stereo.
I don't even like having originals in the car for longer than it takes to get them home from where I bought them.