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Yamaha CRW3200E-VK

Yamaha CRW3200E-VK
ManufacturerYamaha
InterfaceIDE
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
Price$175

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.