Portable CD Tattoos with Yamaha's CRW-F1UX USB 2.0 Burner

Write Performance, Part III: Media Compatibility

In this part of the test, THG measured how quickly it was possible to write to CDR and CDRW media of various specifications. The result of the write process was checked for errors with the aid of the CD-Speed surface scan function. THG tested five different CD-R and CD-RW media. The size of the collection of data was 717758 kiloBytes (for 700 MB CDR), or 660152 kiloBytes (for 650 MB CDRW). We used DAO or TAO as the method of writing. Both "Burnproof" and "Optimum write speed" were selected for all the writing processes. We have summarized the results in the following tables.

Tested Media
Size Certified Speed Write Speed Strat
-egy
Manu. Good Sectors Damag
-ed Sectors
Unread
-able Sectors
Write Time
Octron 700 MB 24X 16X Short Ritek Co. 100% 0% 0% 5:37
Verbatim 700 MB 24X 16X Long Mitsubishi Chemicals Corp. 100% 0% 0% 5:30
Tevion 700 MB 32X 16X Short Ricoh Company Ltd. 100% 0% 0% 5:35
TDK 700 MB 40X 16X Short Ritek Co. 100% 0% 0% 5:33
Traxdata 700 MB 48X 16X Long Disc ID not allowed 100% 0% 0% 5:43
Traxdata 700 MB 40x 16X Short Ritek Co. 100% 0% 0% 5:36

At 16x speed, there were no obvious differences to be observed.

Tested Media
CDR
Size Certified Speed Write Speed Strat
-egy
Manu. Good Sectors Damag
-ed Sectors
Unread
-able Sectors
Write Time
Octron 700 MB 24X 44X Short Ritek Co. 100,00% 0,00% 0,00% 3:58
Verbatim 700 MB 24X 44X Long Mitsubishi Chemicals Corp. 100,00% 0,00% 0,00% 3:57
Tevion 700 MB 32X 44X Short Ricoh Company Ltd. 0,00% 0,00% 100,00% Track Following Error
TDK 700 MB 40X 44X Short Ritek Co. 3:20
Traxdata 700 MB 48X 44X Long Disc ID not allowed 95,93% 4,07% 0,00% 5:43
48X 44X Long Disc ID not allowed 92,28% 7,72% 0,00% 03:12 (OWC-Off)
Traxdata 700 MB 40x 44x Short Ritek Co. 100,00% 0,00% 0,00% 3:21

At 44x speed, the wheat gets separated from the chaff. The Tevion medium stands out because of its poor performance. In this case, every attempt to write produces a "Track following error" message after a few seconds, and the process is terminated. Even the new 48x medium from Traxdata fails to impress. With "Optimum Write Speed Control" selected, the burner reduces the write speed to 16x. So, we deactivated "OWSC." Now the burner does burn faster, but the results of the writing process are (logically) even worse. The burner does fine with the 40x medium from Traxdata. A good tip turns out to be the 24x medium from Octron, from the special offer display in the supermarket.

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  • I am glad i found this article/review. I have a crw-f1ux minus the needed software. While I am not so interested in discT@2, I would like to use Advanced Audio Master Quality Recording, to create audio cds. Do you know where one can get said software? Yamaha does not have it, nor does Nero answer their phones during stated business hours. I currently use Easy CD creator, but I suspect I need the FULL version of Nero that came with this 2002 unit. While I wait for Nero's reply, would you happen to know? Thank you in advance.