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dbpoweramp vs EAC for scratched discs?

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I've been using dbpoweramp for a year or so now. I find that it is fine for discs in excellent condition, but in my experience I have to use EAC (secure, test and copy) for scratched CDs. I just bought a bunch of classical CDs that look like the previous owner really enjoyed them and about a quarter of them are stalling on dbpoweramp but ripping fine with no errors in EAC. I've had similar experiences in the past.

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Try changing the error sensitivity before cancelling rip and associated settings in dbpoweramp. 

 

EAC suggests trying the fastest insecure ripping mode on troublesome discs (more relevant to perfect condition CD-R releases).  Experimenting with the results of this on both programs can sometimes produce acceptable results with damaged discs by comparing known problematic time signatures the program hung up otherwise.

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I've had a similar experience in the past.  

 

Once had a disc found under the floormat of a car.  It looked like you'd taped it to your shoe and walked on gravel.  Fellow was asking if I could recover it.  I didn't know.  But 11 hours later EAC had every track.  Two tracks had momentary glitches, but would play.  No player would even attempt to play them.  EAC and an HP CD-ROM drive just kept reading, and reading and working and working until it managed to recover it.  Pretty amazing I thought. 


To paraphrase Rick James, "sighted listening is a helluva drug".

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