By using the latest Plextor tools ,i had very slow DAE speeds like 11-13X , and i was confused as many reviewers was reporting as 30X DAE speed . ( The CD disk was in good condition)
I have to agree that the Plextor tools , they are working with all the safety options on , and this is the only logical explanation of why the DAE speed that i get is not that high as some others report .
I had try the latest EAC too , and i got as high as 21X with the default settings .
I guess that everything is a matter of trust , and the Plextor tools looks to warranty the perfection of the final result .
I am sorry but i do not have the knowledge to do in depth testing of what really works as best or not , but there must be some secrets , as the Plextor with the Plextor tools does not feel ashamed to lower down the DAE in speeds so low , in order to deliver the higher sound quality and errors free .
By adding the latest LAME dll , in the Plextor tools directory , the automated encoding had become possible and it looks that it rips and encodes at the same time , so i am very happy with it , as the difference of the over all time processing ,its does not bother me any more …
Its simple , if the software needs some riping time and some encoding time , and the over all time is 20 seconds .
21x riping plus 8 seconds encoding .
The Plextor tools needs the same time even if they rip at 11x and they encode too , plus perfect error detection .
If my above consideration is right , the Plextor users they have to forget all the other riping software solutions …
With further testing with the EAC and by activating settings :
Drive caches audio data
Drive capable retrieving C2
Use C2 error information for error correction …
The speed fall down to 8X
With all the error checks activated in the Plextor tools my DAE is 11-13X , and the software decodes MP3 at the same time , there is nothing more that i have to consider .
The Plextor tools is the final winer hands down , with the PX-W4012TA burner …
Another good thing is that my Hitachi DVD GD-8000 operate too with the Plextor tools ,and it gives me very good DAE speeds like the Plextor does .
My older Hitachi 24X cd-rom it does DAE as 4X with the Plextor tools , and it does have C2 error check .
It looks that the Plextor tools is a very good diagnostic about the CD readers and their real power …
I was testing for hours , and i hope that the above info ,it will help and some others with the same worries .