This is my optical drive, which advertises CD reading speeds of 48x. However I've been using Sound Juicer to rip some tasty Dream Theater CDs - it peaked at 10.5x, averaging slightly less.
Why is this? If it advertises speeds of 48x surely it should be able to supply them?
(I'm running Karmic 64-bit, ripping to a hard drive that can copy 700MB of data to itself in less than 20 seconds, while a CD rip takes over 5 minutes. I have 4GB of RAM, and Sound Juicer takes up at most 2% of my CPU. My specs seem fine - any help or ideas at all would be hugely appreciated! )