I’m no newbee in DAE but I’ve been experiencing problems with my 16H5S when ripping audio-cd’s.
First of all, the drive seems to perform really within normal boundaries when it comes to burning DVD and CD. I’ve gotten some nice results there. Also reading back older DVD’s and CD-ROMS’s (with higher C1 and C2 values due age and not always the best media) works great. The data comes off perfectly.
For audio CD’s, when I do a K-probe scan:
- It is faster than my NEC 3540 and Aopen AAP 1648 PRO
- It reports fewer errors than those other drives
So I’m thinking I might use this drive top EAC-rip my audio’s that really need some good error recovery. BUT:
- The drive performs really slow. Yes this drive caches, I know but it doesn’t really seem to spin up. So my speed stays locked at 3.8X during the whole rip (in secure mode). I can use the old CD-speed “speed-trick” to make the drive spin up and than I get my real speed of about 20x near the end of the disk.
- The error correction is really awful. Even the slightest of errors can not be corrected --> sync error. When there are slightly more errors on the disc the drive even tends to look up completely.
My NEC and AOPEN can correct these errors and they give worse C1-C2-scans !
Does anybody have an explanation for this ? Or some advice? I’m using the latest official firmware and I have all the right settings in EAC.
My configuration is:
- NEC 3540 is master on IDE 1.
- AOPEN AAP 1648 PRO is slave on IDE 1.
- LITE-ON 16H5S is master on IDE 2.
- 2 maxtor hard-drives on SATA.
Thanks, any help is much appreciated.