Do you use the accuraterip plug-in in EAC? (www.accuraterip.com)
You don't use C2, do you? Do the rips sound different to you? Maybe wrong read command?
So the question is: How can EAC, known for "perfect" rips in secure-mode, provide such different results on two rips, claiming at both rips that "no errors accured" (even the track quality was exactly the same on both rips)??
Especially interesting 'bout this is the fact that the latter is run in burst mode instead of the secure one, thanks to some annoying bug which causes Windows to run the drive at a maximum speed of 16x, though it's specified for 40x.
DAE* has a different "max rated speed" than data in almost every drive I came across. And it's always slower than data.
Did you push the "Detect read command" button? I don't know if it could make problems, but it was the only thing which could disturb the ripping progress, I think..
It's not known for "perfect" rips in secure mode. It doesn't help much if the drive being used for the extraction process is too stupid to read and therefore unable to create a bit-identical copy of the CD audio track. This is commonly caused either by too many intentional errors on the disc, which serve as copy-protection mechanisms, or quality flaws of the reading unit. Secure mode does nothing but reading suspect sectors over and over, until it receives a result which is deemed being ok, based on statistical analyses. Improving the hardware's limitations is beyond its skills.
Regarding the original poster, far too little information has been given to make any sense about exactly what went wrong.
From the spectral graphs, it looks like the channels have been reversed....
though spectral graphs aren't intended to be used in this way. I'd compare them side by side in a wave editor that allows you to zoom in and view multiple tracks at the same time like Audition. I'd also subtract one track from the other (though I'd swap channels in one of them first) to see how they differ. You need to synchronize them if there's any offset. Just guessing at this point, but I wouldn't be surprised if you found a 6-sample offset somewhere between the two files.
Perhaps you should provide some screenshots of EAC's settings, namely the first two tabs of the EAC options and the first three tabs of the Drive options.
Now that dBpoweramp's R12 secure ripper is out, I expect people will -- and should -- begin migrating over to it from EAC.Besides the fact that test results confirm that it's more reliable than EAC, it also has a faster, more user-friendly display of results that makes it much easier to spot suspect tracks and rerip them on another drive to confirm results.Since the program's release in February, I've ripped about 800 discs. I've had amazing results and highly recommend this program. As somone who loved EAC but never really felt "safe" with it, I can say that dBpoweramp is providing a whole new level of security.