It's faster eh?
As for accuracy, if AccurateRip says it's the same after using EAC, that's good enough for me.
Yeah, it's plenty faster... I use EAC in secure (though not paranoid) mode, which means I usually go around 4x rip speed, for a few CD's it's better, and for anything copy protected, it's less than 0.1x. Also, the way EAC does it's read-reread-reread-reread (etc.) means a lot of laser movement, which I suspect wears out your drive faster.
dbPoweramp (well, reference version) is much smarter - it does a full pass at decent speed (like 20x), noting c2 error pointers
. If no c2 errors are found, you're done ripping that track - if errors are found, you can re-rip only the frames that contain errors, instead of ripping each sector multiple times (for better rip accuracy, I set it to lower speed and do multiple passes if c2 errors are found).
So... dbPoweramp is overall *a lot* faster for me than EAC, and in the case of copy protected CDs, it's does better (and faster) than EAC. And with those CDs, unfortunately accuraterip isn't all that helpful, since you're entirely at the mercy of your drive's error correction capabilities... different drives, or even different models from the same vendor, will likely generate different AR id's... so what you want is reproducible results
for your drive, and not having to spend five hours ripping a CD