I recently ripped a brand new audio CD on my PX712A (f/w V1.07). The CD had CU errors on it, and the resulting WAV file had audible “ticks”. To cut a long story short, in the end I got a tick-free rip by switching audio error detection off in Plextools (V2.20). In hindsight I can see how this makes sense: presumably the drive has a good error concealment algorithm, but if the ripping software asks to be told about errors, then the error concealment needs to be switched off.
But here’s the issue: I could find absolutely no setting in EAC that achieved a good rip. Secure mode with any variety of sub-options, synchronised/fast mode, burst mode: they all yielded WAV files with those audible ticks. It seems as if the drive only switches on its error concealment in response to some special instruction from Plextools - an instruction unknown to EAC, it would appear.
I’m not really bothered by this, as I use Plextools for ripping as a matter of course. But I’d be interested if anyone actually knows what’s going on and can explain.