Exact Audio Copy
The second audio-extraction program we use in our tests differs from Nero CD DAE in allowing the user to enable specific hardware features of the optical drive to achieve the maximum possible quality.
Before extracting audio tracks we used the Drive Options menu to determine the hardware characteristics of the drives. Besides the general report about the drive’s properties, we used the bad Audio CD prepared in Nero CD-DVD Speed to determine the drive’s ability to process C2 errors. Then we switched the most effective Secure Mode on and extracted audio tracks from the same disc as in the Nero CD DAE test, converting them into WAV-files.
As you can see on the screenshots, the Pioneer DVR-110D was found incapable of processing C2 errors. But it supports the Accurate Stream mode and caches audio data. The Toshiba SD-R5472 is reported not to do audio data caching, but to support C2 errors and Accurate Stream. The Toshiba SD-R5472 was also much faster at extracting audio tracks, probably because it didn’t have to reread the disc to search for errors since audio data caching was not enabled in the program’s settings.