|Specification of the Ricoh
||Disc-At-Once, Track-At-Once, Session-At-Once, MultiSession,
||CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, Photo CD, CD-I, CD-Text, CD+G,
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
||4x, 8X, 12X, 16x, 20x
||2X, 4x, 10X
|Buffer underrun error prevention technology
||40x max (6000 KBytes/s)
||N/A (Japan, presumably)
|Price as tested
||up to $240 in Japan
up to $280 in Europe
We have already mentioned that we received the device as is, i.e. only
You can see that 2x speed is not supported, it might disappoint those
users who mainly record AudioCDs. No secret that people with a good ear
can tell a disc recorded at 2x from that burnt at 8x. That is why some
music lovers prefer to record at 1X, while the MP7200A has the least speed
equal to 4X.
Lack of the software played a mean joke. While
we found rather quickly the software for packet recording (the ahead
InCD 2.11), searching for a program for recording CD-Rs in usual
ISO standard took a great deal of time. We tried nearly all latest
software versions of different companies. The beta-version of the
Nero 18.104.22.168 that we had insisted on only 12X speed. We did our
best to get the Nero 22.214.171.124 (yet unreleased that time), but it
still failed to give the requied 20x speed. The problems was solved
easily. I hadn't much time to reinstall the Windows completely.
And it seems that experiments with the software for disc recording
contributed their share, and the Nero misunderstood the recorder.
After a complete reinstallation of the OS everything worked as it
Having installed the Nero 126.96.36.199 on a "blank"
computer, we felt right away that the JustSpeed is watching the
process. So, loading a CD-R Mirex and starting up the Nero, we revealed
that the program again took the recorder as a 12x model.
But it is not a bug of the application, it is just a correct work of the
JustSpeed. If you don't want it, then disable it in the options.
After that all speeds will be available.
How CD-R discs are recorded at the forced set 20X speed will be said a
A small digression from the subject. When looking for software for the
Ricoh MP7200A, we have found a solution from Padus
- Disc Juggler 3.00.780. If you have several CD-RW drives on your computer
this application will help you to make copies of discs.
But in the first turn we were interested how the program works with
the MP7200. The Disc Juggler recognized the Ricoh model and set 20X. But
the recording was made at the speed near 12X-14X on any disc. That is why
we stopped any further experiments with this program.
Let's return to the subject. The front panel is traditional for Ricoh,
but for a tray which now makes a single whole with the front panel. Earlier
Ricoh used a spring panel that was separated from the tray and opened when
the latter was coming out. I think that they refused an old construction
due to a cheaper production of a solid design and due to its higher reliability.
In all other respects, nothing has changed: a headphones jack,
a mechanical volume control, a roundish open button, an indicator
and an emergency ejection hole. The drive can be mounted both in
vertical and in horizontal position. The rear panel has a digital
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