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Question Quality of CD ripper/burner important???

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For my first post on this forum, I haven't been able to find information about wether a good cd ripper makes a difference or not. The emphasis is always put on the ripping software and rarely on the hardware. What I don't understand is that the sound is not the same from a $500 cd transport than a $30 000 one, but both the transport and the cd ripper only transport a digital signal before reaching a DAC. So does the same difference apply to ripper/burner?

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EAC is a very good ripper, it has accurate rip feature so it comes MD5 of the ripped CD to others. It should match. If it doesn't then your ripping isn't 100% accurate.

Data from CD's is digital, but PCM has no error correction. Once you have the file on your computer as WAVE, ALAC or FLAC then it has error correction. It's the process of extracting the data from the disc which may result in errors, ie from ripping too fast, poor ripper etc.

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What I don't understand is that the sound is not the same from a $500 cd transport than a $30 000 one, but both the transport and the cd ripper only transport a digital signal before reaching a DAC.

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What makes you think a $30000 transport sounds any different than a $500 CD player or blu ray player or whatever?
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A CD transport has no analogue outputs, so it is upto to the mechanism how accurate, and how the digital interface is (jitter, re-clocking etc)

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Am I using the term "CD ripper" right? Because my first language is french, so by CD ripper I mean the hardware used to transfer data from the CD to the computer, not the software.

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Then you mean optical drive. Back in the day, Plextor SCSI drives were the best for CD audio extraction.

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There is no difference in the accuracy of optical drives. Computers, as you know, are very sensitive to data errors and the DVD drives built into computers handle things with impeccable accuracy. So when we rip CD's, we use the DVD drive installed in our computer.
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