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Yamaha CRW3200E-VK

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Yamaha CRW3200E-VK
Cache memory8 MB
Mechanical systemYamaha CRW3200
CD-R write modeP-CAV
CD-R write speed1x, 2x, 4x, 8x, 12x, 16x, 20x, 24x
CD-RW write speed2x, 4x, 8x, 10x
Maximum read speed40x
Access time100 ms
Write modesDisk At OnceTrack At OnceMultisessionPacket WritingDisk At Once RAWOverbur4ning
Buffer Underrun ProtectionSafe Burn
Test firmware1.0b

With the release of the CRW2100, Yamaha finally entered the speed race. The company has moved to establish its position this year-end with the CRW3200E, a 24x burner with a host of functions that make it really original. It has Safe Burn, developed in partnership with Oak Technologies, and Optimum Write Speed Control. There are also two important new features: compatibility with Mount Rainier, and an Audio Master Quality function for CD Audio recording.

The Mount Rainier standard, developed by Microsoft in partnership with a number of burner manufacturers, provides integrated and flexible management of CD-RW burners in the operating system. Formatting is a background task which goes on during copy; the CD can be ejected at any time; data is addressed in blocks of 2 kB instead of 64. The CRW3200E comes with Ahead Burning Rom 5.5 and InCD 2.12 by Ahead Software, a Yamaha CD-R, and CD-RW. It supports all the requisite functions, such as overburning, DAO-RAW and CD Text writing. Unlike most of its rivals, the CRW3200E writes CD-Rs in P-CAV mode.