Well after reading one of the above posts, about Easy Audio Copy,I thought I would give it a try
It's very limited on options and config, BUT IT IS THE VERY FIRST RIPPER THAT I HAVE TRIED THAT SOUND AMAZING WHEN PLAYING BACK THE RIP !!
I COULD NOT BELIEVE MY EARS. I have never ever had a rip sound so good, what is that program doing different to all the other rippers, I have done a compare A/B test of the RIP track and then playing the CD in my CD player and there is NO difference. The digital RIP sounds amazing and identical to the CD.
You should not believe your ... it is not your ears.
Sorry to be this blunt, but you are seriously astray: you have fallen for a well-known bug/feature of human nature. No, it does not mean you are dumb, because it is so hard to avoid that we actually have to take measures to get rid of it.
What we think is hearing is easily contaminated by what we think we hear. The brain does things like that. Look at the McGurk effect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k8fHR9jKVM . I mean seriously watch it, it is fascinating. You will "hear" faaa / baaa with your eyes.
If you think you hear better sound from [ripper x] from typical CD, your brain is playing this "make sense of stuff but get it wrong" game with you. Because a normal boringly-good-shape CD will get the same bits to hard drive with dBpoweramp, with CUETools, with EAC, with foobar2000, and likely with a bunch of non-secure rippers too.
Don't test sighted. Test blind. Rip with two different rippers, fire up foobar2000 with the foo_abx component, and you will be surprised.
Also, the terms of service of this forum actually forbid those "sounds better than!" claims if not backed by solid evidence.