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TDK CyClone CDRW161040

Basic claimed characteristics of the TDK CyClone CDRW161040:
Firmware version: 5.29
Recording modes: Disc-At-Once, Track-At-Once, Session-At-Once, MultiSession, Packet Writing
Recording formats: CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, Photo CD, CD-I, CD+G, Audio CD, CD-Text, CD-Extra, Video CD
Read/write support in Raw-mode RAW-DAO - supported
RAW-DAO Write Simulation - supported
CD+G RAW-DAO - supported
RAW-SAO - supported
RAW-SAO Write Simulation - supported
Average access time: 150 ms
CD-R recording 1x, 4x, 8x, 12x, 16x
Burn-Proof support
CD-RW recording 2X, 4x, 8X, 10X
Reading 40x max (6000 Kbps)
Buffer size: 2048 KBytes
Production date: January 2001
Manufacturer: China
Price as tested: up to $300

The device is delivered in a Retail package.

The complete set hasn't changed much as compared with the previous model, it is still very rich and well thought-out. It consists of:

  • Detailed user's manual in 6 languages
  • Installation manual in the form of a colorful unfolding poster.
  • CD with software for recording: Nero Burning Rom and InCD 1.7 from ahead Software.
  • TDK CD-R and CD-RW discs.
  • Marker for making writings on an idle surface of the disc.
  • Analog audio cable for connecting to a sound card.
  • IDE-cable.

ATIP: 97m 24s 01f
Disc Manufacturer: Taiyo Yuden Company Ltd.
Reflective layer: Dye (Long strategy; e.g. Cyanine, Azo etc.)
Media type: CD-Recordable
Recording Speeds: min. unknown - max. unknown
nominal Capacity: 656.40 MBytes (74m 43s 00f / LBA: 336075)

ATIP: 97m 34s 23f
Disc Manufacturer: Mitsubishi Chemicals Corp.
Reflective layer: Phase change
Media type: CD-ReWritable
Recording Speeds: min. 4X - max. 8X
nominal Capacity: 656.40 MBytes (74m 43s 00f / LBA: 336075)

Like the CDRW121032 model, this recorder is implemented in the "iMac" style - semitransparent plastic and accurate roundinsh forms. The both models, though, don't differ much in the appearance. In the left bottom corner there is a writing "16/10/40X" and the second additional status indicator.

The software remains also the same. The engineers recommend to use the drive together with the ahead Software products.

The front panel is quite unique, but it carries nothing new:

there are a headphones jack, mechanical volume control, an open button, two indicators and an emergency ejection hole.

The drive can be mounted both in vertical and in horizontal position: there are two spring clamps analog to those used in Plextor and Creative drives.

There is a digital output on the rear panel but it is marked as "Not used".

There is also a connector for a fan, but in our case the fan is absent.

The CyClone lacks for a secret jumper locking of which switches the UltraDMA mode. That is why the PIO Mode 4 is the only available one. An experiment of locking of all "factory use only" contacts has given no results.

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