New EAC guide

Hello people,

I’d like to shortly introduce the EAC guide I’ve made.

This is my first post here, but I’ve been reading in this forum for a longer time and I’ve been active (same nick) in the forums of Hydrogenaudio and Digital-Inn, where I have announced this new EAC guide as well.

The guide is meant for both newbies as well as advanced users.
Newbies will like the brief, simple explanations, while the contents will satisfy even critical, advanced users (well i hope so :bigsmile: )

Nothing in EAC is as important as a correct drive config. Nevertheless, EAC guides generally neglect this step. The result: unpleasant surprises, and many questions (even from advanced users). I’ve made this guide to make sure newbies get that info right from the start. Shortens your learning trajectory, saves you frustrations ;).

The guide is clear & simple, but correct. Some time is spent for fundamental things (how EAC basically works) and based on that, letting the reader realize how certain settings affect rip quality. By giving people such insights, I think a lot of the usual trouble can be prevented.

One sentence to say it all:
This is the guide I wish I’d have had back when I was a newbie. :slight_smile:

The guide is written and here ends my job. Now it is up to you guys to link to this guide, so that it reaches the audience it is meant for. Feedback is appreciated as well.

Best Regards,

Any link ? :bigsmile:

I guess this one:

A link? :bigsmile:
Thank you minix! :slight_smile:

just some little notes about your great guide:

“Getting (ripping) exact, error-free audio with your CD-ROM drive is possible, with intelligent ripping software!”

Not always. There are a lot of old CD-ROMs that can’t read correct data even on perfect discs. There will always be random errors on all reading attempts, even if it sounds good enough. These drives are useless even with EAC.
Good hardware is very recommended with EAC.

If I were a newbie I’d also like more information about the 3 most important settings in EAC:

What’s jitter? How to correct it? Why disabling Accurate stream is slower? What does software correction do?

What is a cache? Some newbies know very very little about computers (maybe they shouldn’t be allowed to use EAC then :stuck_out_tongue: )

What are C2 errors? Why is it faster? (I would say EAC will not read twice instead of EAC will not try to find errors)

These are some interesting thoughts. I’ll try to integrate them into the guide (this weekend). One immediate remark though:

The cases I know of are not very common and they typically cause CRC mismatches in secure Test & Copy mode, which means we’ve got some means to recognize them. A second group is bugged drives but they are considered to be rare.
If you know about other bad drives, I’d be interested to learn about them.
Meanwhile, I’d like to point out that although the introductory part (which your quote comes from) ignores the issue, the issue is coped with further in the guide, in the part on Errors (the possible causes of CRC # and what to do with them).