Got to second MIK's advice of downloading the iso's - especially now that we're in the high speed broadband age and the downloads are so quick compared to the old days where it could take days and days to get even one iso torrented to completion.
Any ripping I ever did was with the almost pre-historic CDRWIN program - not sure which modern program would equate to it.
I clearly have too much time on my hands - I bothered to make an avatar!
One thing I must note: Nobody knows how to make a friggin' CUE/BIN rip. Everytime you download a game you gotta manually edit the CUE file yourself because everyone are a buncha idiots. Let's also compress the redbook audio to MP3 to save room!!! (And make it sound worse than the original)
Don't be an idiot. Please. Double check your CUE file and make sure the filenames are actually correct, and keep the music in WAVs.
I agree; you spend so much time investigating and working on the disc image and in the end the sound quality is lower. If you just get the original and spent 7min to rip it and 14min to burn it and you have 100% copy.
Also I have an old Sony CD burner that burns at 1x speed and after a bit of hunting found some Sony CDRs that will burn at 1x; so the copies I make are rock solid