This is possible. I know it is. However, I also know that it probably isn't as straight-forward as it should be. Why else would secure rippers like EAC, dBpowerAMP and XLD require such long and tedious setups in order to work properly?
I am on a Windows computer and consequently I'll be using EAC for most of my current and future ripping. I have bookmarked four different guides for properly setting up EAC, though I have yet to compare them to each other:
However, even if EAC is setup correctly, it is my understanding that you may not end up with a bit-perfect copy; even if most of the actual audio data is correct, leading and trailing silence blocks may be too short or too long.
Now please don't rant on me and tell me that I will not hear the difference and that it doesn't matter, because it does matter to me. I don't think getting a perfect copy of a CD should be a hard thing to do - I think it ought to be entirely fundamental in order for digital media to have any edge over analog - but apparently it is very hard, and now I want to know why.
I have been lurking at the Hydrogen Audio forums for a while trying to get an answer to this un-technical enough for me to understand, but I have not been successful. Furthermore I don't approve of the atmosphere at that place so I'd prefer not to keep trying to get my questions answered that way. The only thing I managed to understand over there was that part of the problem might be something called 'overreading'. I queried a member about it and he answered that if I used dBpowerAMP Reference and had a drive which could overread, then yes, if the CD was in good condition the rip would be bit perfect and the programme would notify me if it was otherwise.
I didn't undersand.
As the audio junkies we all are it seems plausible that some of you have encountered this problem as well, and I want to know if there is a definite answer and, if not, how can we come up with one?
I am very thankful for any input on this matter.