Ian wrote:And now the SH-S203B says that it doesn't do caching either. Very weird.. in any case, the screenshot in the review isn't right.
Thanks a lot for taking the time investigating that ! I'm sorry that it happened to be a can of worms, I would not want to delay your review
I've been googling cache issues. A few bit I gathered...
It seems that different tools report caching support differently. But, this would depend on cache size. It seems that if the read cache is below 64 kB, for EAC this is equivalent to no cache, because it always overrun the cache :
http://www.digital-inn.de/exact-audio-c ... post106824
The second thing I looked is a tool called "Cache Explorer". For my drive, one one system (UP) it reports no cache, on another system (SMP) it reports varying cache size. This tool does not seem the be very reliable, or maybe SMP is the issue (are you using a dual core ?).
Lastly, one one web page on hydrogenaudio they say that the authoritative way to test cache is to put a scratched CD, disable both cache and C2 in EAC and check if EAC finds errors while ripping. This seems to be totally non-practical as far as review is concerned. And I'm not sure it's authoritative, if no errors are reported it could be that the drive report the same consistent error.
Sorry again for opening a can of worms. I guess that EAC cache test is probably the best we have.
Good luck with your review...