I have used both quite a bit over the years. I started with CDex before switching to EAC, then dbPowerAmp and finally back to EAC. Here are my brief observations.
- dbpoweramp is faster. This was the biggest difference between the two apps. EAC first rips each wave, then encodes. DB can be ripping while also encoding the previous track at the same time (use of multiple cores I believe)
- they both use the same databases for tagging, and both use the accurate rip database. So equal in anything regarding sound quality or tagging.
- dbpoweramp is more easy for beginners /faster to set up. EAC seemed more powerful, in that it had even more settings.
But with all that said I went back to EAC once my DB trial ended. Once it's all set up, EAC is great and in my opinion still the most professional ripping software.
One other thing I noticed was that the guide in the first post is for the old version of EAC. It's 98% still compatible, but the command line has changed. For flac with EAC 1.0 betas use something like-T "artist=%artist%" -T "title=%title%" -T "album=%albumtitle%" -T "date=%year%" -T "tracknumber=%tracknr%" -T "genre=%genre%" -8 %source%
Edited by cz2000, 05 May 2012 - 02:31 AM.