I'm happy with the way my procedure handles errors. I'm wondering about issues like audio data in the lead-in or lead-out and audio data in pre-gaps. I thought I remembered reading that that could happen. If so, is the ability to read it dependent on the ripping software and the CD drive? Besides errors and offsets, are there any other possible sources of data loss when ripping?
A secure ripper along with AccurateRip do a near-perfect (perfect?) job of preventing a read error from affecting a reportedly secure rip.
The ability to rip the lead-in and lead-out (which can contain audio data) is dependent on the positive or negative orientation of the CD drive's offset, as well as the degree to which it is offset.
The amount of data lost due to an inability to rip the lead-in and lead-out is inaudible.
A secure ripper along with AccurateRip can compensate for a CD drive's offset if it is correctly defined
but determining the correct offset can be problematic
Additionally, CDs themselves can have different offsets
which would also need to be compensated for in order to extract all of their data.
The amount of data lost due to an undefined offset is inaudible.
Can the differences in pre-gap calculation be different enough to produce split files that are audibly different?
Are there other forms of potentially lost of misinterpreted audio data when using a secure ripper? Maybe due to the CD drive's abilities or lack thereof?
accurate pre-gaps (audible?)The method for determining a pre-gap is not standardized. For example, EAC uses 3 different methods which can give consistently different results and none of which can be said to be more accurate than the rest. Can the differences in pre-gap calculation be different enough to produce split files that are audibly different?