Toy Maker, you should remember the E.A.C. program has already been discussed and covered many moons ago... and it is a program that works quite well but, it's still a bandaid for a problem that has no cure as of yet...
Here is a cut and paste from a previous post
"There is no such thing as no loss when pulling audio from an audio cd. This is because the cd audio format has 2 major design issues that make it difficult to obtain an accurate copy in the form of a standard digital file. First the system is designed to provide audio in real time to eliminate gaps in playback. Because of this it does not provide a reliable stream of information from the disc to the computer. The other factor is the cd format has coding built into it that is designed to cover up and play across errors that can't be corrected like major scratches on the discs. This means the data read from a cd may not be a true reproduction of the original."
If this is true... than the CD itself has a good chance of being a very poor reproduction of the CD itself !!!
If the CD player is designed to "fix errors" than the output is a "modified" reproduction of the original mastering.. EVERY time it is played
It also seems it is assumed that every CD we are going to be using is full of scratches, and can't be copied correctly.
What if we are using a brand new CD, never opened?
I am still putting my $$ of the fact no one will be able to tell the difference once it is set up correctly.
I will give everyone the benefit of the doubt, that there very well may be a .01% or .001% difference between the CD and the ripped file, but I also doubt anyone will be able to hear it
. and THAT is the test.
PS... quit posting in blue. It's impossible to see on the dark background now