Low Cost, Mid-Range or High-End? Three CD Writers at 8, 12 and 16 speed

Audio Grabbing Performance

If you should have a reason to grab CD-audio titles as wav-files on your hard disk, you can see that Yamaha's recorder does that at the highest speed. The CRW2100E grabbed a complete audio disc with 17 tracks at 15.5x speed. AOpen's drive came in second at 9.2x. In case of direct MP3-conversion the speed will often be limited by your CPU and typically clipped at 10-12x.

Spin-Up / Spin-Down Time

Tray Open/Close Time