You could avoid the manual intervention step by using dBpoweramp. It will first rip in burst mode, and if the rip is verified by AccurateRip then you are done. Only if the rip is not verified will it go on to attempt a secure rip, automatically.It's not free, but I found it well worth the cost if you do a lot of ripping.
My old Pioneer (DR-704S plain 36x slot-loaded CD-ROM ) was an excellent ripper (it would even rip "protected" CDs with no problems). My IDE Pioneer DVD-RW drive I have is also great (but my computer has no IDE) - rips at 52x (CAV) burst with no errors on mint discs.
I have a pile of about 20 CDs that I need to polish and retry someday.
Second, the meaning of error correction sure has gotten contorted, now hasn't it? Except for fixing synchronization errors, EAC performs absolutely no form of error correction, whatsoever. That is left up to the drive. dBpoweramp leaves all error correction up to the drive and assumes there will be no synchronization problems.
Each new technology (DVD, BD) has ever smaller wavelengths, there are combo drives which have multiple lasers, to maintain better reading abilities, this diagram shows the differences in size:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Comparis...VD_HDDVD_BD.svg
the ripping program tells the drive to try to read the original bits or the EC bits