Most of my listening is via LAN streaming to the DirectStream DAC but I continue to buy many legacy CDs partly to access rare or discontinued material but also to provide a backup for albums in my NAS music library. I play the CDs via the PWT before ripping them to the library. I’ve recently had a couple of cases where a CD plays perfectly via the PWT but does not rip completely or rips with errors when it is read by a computer optical drive. We have 2 iMac systems with Apple optical drives, in one case internal the other an external superdrive. The former is little used and the latter is the 2nd replacement following failures to read DVD-RW discs (no problems with CDs), whereas my PWT is 11 years old and works perfectly. I’ve tried ripping using iTunes, XLD and Max software - all produced the same errors.
Given the excellent performance of the PWT drive (scratch tolerance etc etc) I’d welcome advice and recommendations for an external optical drive that could match this performance.
I’m aware that the PWT uses buffering when reading discs and makes multiple read attempts but I assumed that the hardware-software combinations I’ve tried should be able to achieve similar performance.