I am currently evaluating software for purchase, and I have a problem with a particular disc. My game CD for MechWarrior2: Mercenaries will not properly rip to BIN/CUE format under Alcohol (52 or 120). Its an old DOS/WIN version which contains CD audio, etc. The problem is that the timings for the audio tracks in the created CUE file are wrong. So, the first audio track will play and then at the very end of the first audio track, the beginning of the second audio track will start, and after a few seconds it will THEN switch to the next audio track, resulting in the beginning of the song being cut off if you were just skipping tracks like normal with a CD player.
When I ripped to MDF/MDS format using the DPM option, the rip was successful and the timing issues were not present.
I decided to try ripping the disc with ImgBurn, and it created a BIN/CUE rip with no problems at all, so I am not really sure what it is doing differently that it can properly rip the disc while alcohol fails. It does not appear to be a matter of ripping speed, as even at 1x Alcohol fails to make a proper BIN/CUE of this disc, while ImgBurn could do it at around 32x.
The only thing it really does differently is it seems to analyse the audio tracks before starting ripping. I'm not sure why Alcohol does not do anything similar in this case.