Optical USB drive for ripping

I want to rip cd’s to a Melco server.  See quite  a few under the 125.00 range. Any favorites?

I know I can rip these over my network. Bits are bits yada,yada but somehow things that should sound the same never do. Just want to try this .

Also will these drives read the cd layer from a Hybrid SACD?



I do not know which drives you’re referring to but my Aurender ACS100 rips cd layer of my SACD’s without any issues. If you’re concerned about ‘quality of rips’ then why not use Melco D100. For absolute zero compression, I recommend .wav format for your rips -)

bits are bits use the cheapest damn drive you can find. These cheap cd drives are used by businesse and homes to transfer data remember. They have to work perfectly or they would be useless. The master has spoken.

If you’re concerned about ‘quality of rips’ then why not use Melco D100. For absolute zero compression, I recommend .wav format for your rips -)

WRONG again. FLAC is just as good and takes up less space. And the melco d100 doesnt do anything more than a cheap $20 drive would. Prove me wrong

You can’t rip a SACD the same way as a CD. Sony made sure of that years ago, however, if you buy one of about a dozen Sony CD players or Play Stations from yesteryear and use some open source software that’s floating around on the web, you can rip a SACD to a DFS file. Oh and the files are huge! I’ve done it, it works, but almost all the albums are on Qobuz and Amazon HD now.


"Optical USB drive for ripping"

(reminder of OP)

I appreciate the discussion so far, but since I am in same boat as OP, I will request some suggestions for devices that fall into the above category (there are none so far): a usb optical drive for ripping. 


now, not to be a jerk (bad form for  essentially my first post to forum in decade), let me add some parameters/thoughts:

it would seem that the most basic of basic drives today can handle this task given good software and patience of user; it is, after all, old tech. a better drive will have a better interface, i.e. a later and faster version of usb (2.0, 3.0, thunderbolt, which should help speeds) and then there would be the question of power supply and heat if one expects to do some long rip sessions. Would not want to do that powered off computer bus I'm thinking. So those 2 criteria as first filters.

As for secondary filters, we all want best quality for price and usually willing to spend more for better equipment, I would be curious about a stand alone desktop cd/dvd drive with enough heft, decent power supply, and quality laser to serve mainly as initial ripper but also an occasional live player and not one that might need replacement in short order owing to burning out after reading1000 cds. If that makes sense. And still a budget, more computer than audiophile, device.

I guess this might also be the place where people suggest an all in one device that rips and store and streams. That would fall into the "best" category in the good, better, best suggestions. I'm more interested in the good and better levels, good=a basic computer device that can extract data way upstream of the playback/dac, better being also capable of live play into a streamer or dac, with a steady decent laser, as noted. 



Thanks for the replies.

I have always thought a WAV file sounds better than a Flac file. I know its larger file and Metadata can be an issue, but to me has always sounded just  fuller and just more to the music..

I am have over 8TB of ripped Hi-Rez files from over the years. Mostly from  a guy on the internet. These include DSD, WAV, Flac from ripped SACD's, Dvd Audio's, 45 RPM LPs, Original Master recordings etc. Transferred my favorite 2Tb on to the Melco.

Melco is set up as a NAS, all ethernet to the Bricasti M3. Sounds considerably better than pulling the files from my PC. 


Wanted to try an Optical usb ripper directly into the Melco. The Melco D100 is over a grand and not looking for that kind of money for more than just a bit more than  a curiosity.

I may give the Buffalo ( parent company of Melco) Blu ray ripper a shot. Its about 65 bucks and should be plug and play.  Hopefully  Melco's software will allow for the Hi Rez  audio file on the Blu ray to be extracted.

I have an Oppo 103 but just cant figure out how to rip SACD. That's for another time. : )



Many ways to skin the cat when it comes to ripping CD’s. You will find suggestions all over the place based on each user’s experience or opinions. Depending on your comfort level, you can fiddle with conventional laptop / software / CD drive setup or check out inexpensive one box option like Bluesound Vault 2. Most folks adds an external DAC to Vault 2 to further enhance its performance. My only complaint with Vault is its mediocre metadata and library management. I am now using a ripper/streamer that offers expandable storage, superlative metadata editing and library management through their proprietary iOS app albeit at much higher cost. And I absolutely love it!

You may want to read up on this latest thread!


thanks, I had already seen that one and was following. Did not want to highjack this thread or that one but thought a nudge back to OP was appropriate before it became a flac vs wav vs mp3 or suggestions for audiophile-grade cd players with balanced/unbalanced inputs, but no usb... if you know what I mean.

Yea I saw that thread. I was just asking for thoughts on a portable ripper that I could plug into the Melco. 

For copying digital bits never say never.

If the Melco has a soft eject button, "the best" is the HifiRose spinner.