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Creative CD-RW Blaster CD-Studio 8x4x32 (CRW8432E)

Basic claimed characteristics Creative CD-RW Blaster CD-Studio 8x4x32 (CRW8432E)
Firmware version: 1.07
Loading mechanism: Tray
Recording modes: Disc-At-Once, Track-At-Once, Session-At-Once, Multi-Session, Packet Writing
Recording formats: CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-I, CD-Digital, CD-G, CD-Text, Audio CD, CD-Extra, Video CD, Photo CD
Average access time: 170 ms
CD-R recording 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x
CD-RW recording 2x, 4x
Reading 14x-32x (2100-4800 KBytes/s)
Buffer size: 2048 KBytes
Production date: June 2000
Manufacturer: Taiwan
Price for the moment of testing: 170 - 180 USD

The delivery-pack: Retail.

Complete set:

  • Installation manual in 10 languages
  • Brief user's manual in 10 languages
  • Advertisement of other products of Creative company
  • CD "InstallationCD" contains the program for recording and creating of CD - Nero Burning Rom and Prassi abCD
  • CD with MediaRing Talk program
  • Set for sticker creating (for CD cold face):
    • CD with LeLabelle "The CD Toolbox 1.5.1"
    • Centering control device for disc.
    • 4 sticker sets
  • One CD-R, one CD-RW Verbatim
  • Four screws for installation inside the system block.
  • Analog audiocable to connect the drive to the soundcard.
  • IDE-connector.
ATIP CD-R of the disc:
ATIP: 97m 26s 40f
Disc Manufacturer: FUJI Photo Film Co., Ltd.
Assumed Dye type: Cyanine (Type 0)
Media type: CD-Recordable
Recording Speeds: min. unknown - max. unknown
nominal Capacity: 656.69MB (74m 45s 00f / LBA: 336225)
ATIP CD-RW of the disc:
ATIP: 97m 34s 22f
Disc Manufacturer: Mitsubishi Chemicals Corp.
Assumed Dye type: Cyanine (Type 2)
Media type: CD-ReWritable
Recording Speeds: min. unknown - max. 4X
nominal Capacity: 656.40MB (74m 43s 00f / LBA: 336075)

Creative CRW8432E looks exactly the same as Plextor drive.

Alike Plextor, this drive has a similar clamp for accurate delivery.

The name contains the words CD-Studio. Notice, that it's far not an audio studio, but just not very rich software.

As we have mentioned, there includes a program LeLabelle "The CD Toolbox" for creating stickers and the device for centering the disc while sticking on.

The program is intended to make stickers and make your CDs unique. That's why there is a big choice of different half-finished stickers, which you can edit the way you like.

The program will help you to edit pictures to make them appropriate in size for CD covers.

Here is one example of what you can achieve:

The program supports the format of vector graphics storage ("cdr"), which is a basis for powerful graphic editor - Corel Draw. The program LeLabelle "The CD Toolbox" has a handy interface. On the same disc there is a demo program Nero Burning Rom 4.0.

The CD "InstallationCD" contains only two programs for recording and creating CDs - Nero Burning Rom and Prassi abCD. The latter is not spread widely and it is intended for recording of CD in a "packet" mode. It has the same functions as analogs of Adaptec and CeQuadrat, but it works slower.

It's quite convenient to use the special shell with a handy interface for installation of these programs. It's amusing that the first collage performs Creative drive which is designed exactly the same as Ricoh.

The other disc contains MediaRing Talk 99 which is included in the complete sets of all latest products from Creative. This program is intended for realization of IP-telephony.

This program allows to connect to another computer with this soft installed by usual dial-up connection. There is possibility to connect through a telephone set, but in this case the other telephone subscriber service must support MediaRing's ValueFone Service.

The design is a complete copy of Plextor drive.

The front panel includes: headphones jack (2), mechanical volume control (3), open button (5), one indicator (4), emergency ejection hole (6). The drive can be installed only in horizontal position.

The tray (1) goes out quickly but with some whistle.

The rear panel has 4 jacks: for IDE bus, power supply, analog and digital outputs.

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