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Trying to coax low-quality CDs through EAC
BFG
post Dec 21 2012, 15:35
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I have around 20 commercial CDs in my collection that are apparently of very low quality. My personal laptop cannot even load them, and it takes my work laptop (my only alternative) quite a while to do so.
When I run these CDs - which contain single 79-80 minute tracks - through EAC, I can usually get to 60% or so before the drive starts having trouble reading them. By 70%, I start getting Read and Sync errors. Letting the drive cool off for a few minutes doesn't help much, but if I let the laptop sleep overnight, I can sometimes get the rest of the track read without errors.

I should note that these CDs have paper (adhesive) labels...I suspect that has something to do with the problem.

Does anyone have any suggestions about how to "coax" these low quality CDs through the reader? I'd prefer not to copy the tracks as multiple WAVs and splice them, as I'd lose metatags, album art, and possibly some audio data doing that.

EDIT: I should also note I haven't found any way to turn my reader's speed below 10x.

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probedb
post Dec 21 2012, 16:46
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Does the CD player have a digital out? You could always record it digitally if you have a digital in to record to.
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post Dec 21 2012, 16:49
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QUOTE (probedb @ Dec 21 2012, 09:46) *
Does the CD player have a digital out? You could always record it digitally if you have a digital in to record to.

That's a great idea! I'll have to check if the player itself has one compatible with my laptop, but if it doesn't I suspect I could route it through my A/V receiver. Thanks.
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post Dec 22 2012, 02:09
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QUOTE (BFG @ Dec 21 2012, 11:49) *
QUOTE (probedb @ Dec 21 2012, 09:46) *
Does the CD player have a digital out? You could always record it digitally if you have a digital in to record to.

That's a great idea! I'll have to check if the player itself has one compatible with my laptop, but if it doesn't I suspect I could route it through my A/V receiver. Thanks.



I doubt your laptop has a S/PDIF digital in, but if it does it probably has SCMS copy protection which may impose some limitations on what can be done to the files (you can't re-burn them to a blank CDR, for example). Also transfering 20 CD's this way, or using analog jacks, will be a time consuming process done at real time only. Yuck.
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