I still prefer EAC for CDs, but it needs some costumizing to get the correct folder and filename format. And I have to get the artwork manually.So I have pulled the trigger on some NAS and backup solutions. I bought an 8TB (4+4) two drive Buffalo NAS and an 8 TB Seagate Backup Plus Hub. I also have a 500GB drive that I am going to use as separate storage too.
Of course wanting to put stuff onto them creates a huge number of new questions. For my about 700 CDs I bought a copy of of dbPowerAmp and am initially very happy with it. It does a much better job of composing tables of contents with titles already loaded, as well as finding Album Art, than Exact Audio Copy. Definitely worth the money imo.
The questions I have relate more to DVDs. I have a pretty good number of concert DVDs to rip. For my first attempt (The Concert for George) I downloaded Handbrake and MakeMKV. Handbrake did a nice rip so it seems. But in VLC on my computer all the sound tracks say stereo. I thought I had set the preferences to both Stereo , Dolby 5.1 and DTS 5.1 They all say stereo.
Also I am saving them as MKVs. Should I be using MP4? I don't expect to upload anything to You Tube or anything that requires MP4. But will I run afoul with my Marantz Pre Pro, or my Oppo, or my Samsung Smart TeeWee. ( I will look up the manuals and report back later) Also will HD DCP refuse to show these videos over HDMI. (I probably can send them to the TeeWee via Ethernet)
Would I be better off letting jRiver rip DVDs and Blu Rays? I intend to purchase it in the near future.
For DVDs and Blu-rays, I use Handbrake, but it also has to be customized to get the correct format and you have to put some work in. Mine are correctly encoded with both stereo and surround audio and play correctly in MPC and VLC on my computer. For now, everything is played on Chromecast or Roku via Plex for TV and home theater system, but a Nvidia Shield or NUC may be in the future.