given that i am rather new to the world of ripping, i am hoping that someone might help me understand why eac takes over 10 times the amount of time to rip than cdex; and that's using a bitrate of 256 with cdex and a bitrate of 192 with eac - at least those are my results. ------------------------------------- here are my settings: [bold]cdex:[/bold] rip method: standard encoder: lame mp3 v 1.30 engine 3.92 mmx version: mpeg l bitrate: 256 quality: normal (5) vbr method: disabled vbr quality: vbr0 output sr: 44100 other: on the fly mp3 encoding [bold]eac:[/bold] extraction priority: normal extraction method: accurate stream read command: auto detect actual speed selection: auto detect reduction during extraction gap method: b detection accuracy: inaccurate external compression: lame 3.96.1 parameter passing scheme: user defined bitrate: 192 quality: high max vbr: 320 vbr quality: normal (5) write xing vbr heading vbr encoding ------------------------------------- i have never used eac before and was anxious to give it a spin based on the many great reviews here. i have used cdex in the past and found it to be absolutely great but, like most everyone i know, i am always interested in the best solution available! anyway, i believe that i must be doing something drastically wrong - not only am i able to rip at a higher bit rate with cdex in less than 1/10th the time it takes with eac, but i also feel that the sound is better (have only tested mp3s - no wavs yet). i think it is also important to mention that i am only ripping cds that are in excellent condition so jitter has not been a problem with cdex - this may not be the case with lesser cds and that is where the error correction that eac offers probably excels. but could this error correction be solely responsible for the entire difference in ripping speed? for example, it just now took me 6.5 minutes to rip a brand new 787mb cd (about 75 minutes of music) with cdex - this works out to about 2.0mb/sec... with eac, i averaged just 0.15mb/sec which would have worked out to over an hour for the same cd had i let it the process to continue... i noticed that cdex rips mp3s "on the fly" while it looks as if eac rips them to wav and then employs an external compressor to get the rips to mp3. that, combined with error correction, probably makes up the time difference. anyway, is it possible to rip any faster with eac?