New Yamaha rips through CDs faster

YAMAHA’s new CD reader-writer can record a 72-minute audio CD in less than five minutes.

Due for release on December 1, it will be the fastest reader-writer on the market with a 40 times read and write capability, says Yamaha’s Multi media manager Geoffrey Crane.

He says this will eliminate the need for a separate CD-ROM drive because this is as fast as the stand-alone CD-ROM.

While the versatility of a CD writer and rewriter is much sought after, the machines were always slower than a standard CD-ROM deck when it came to reading.

So most people opted to have a separate CD-ROM deck and a CD read and write deck.

The range includes a 16X writing speed, a 10X rewrite speed, 40X read speed and 40X ripping speed and will retail between $699 and $1099 (depending on interface technology).

Ripping is the process of converting CD music discs to WAV and MP3 for playing on a computer.

“These new decks will make it unnecessary for somebody to have a separate CD hard drive unless they want to copy on the fly (from disc to disc). They can upload on to a hard drive in a few minutes and down load to the CD in only a few minutes,” said Mr Crane.

All have an 8meg buffer memory to speed up transfer on the fly and back-up transfer.

CRW 2100EVK uses an E-IDE (ATAPI) interface, the internal CRW2100SVK uses Ultra SCSI (SCSI-3), the external CRW2100 SXVK uses Ultra SCSI and the External CRW200XKVK uses IEEE 1394 FireWire technology.

All models are compatible with IBM PC and Macintosh.

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