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TDK CyClone CDRW121032

Basic claimed characteristics of TDK CyClone CDRW121032
Firmware version: 1.02
Loading mechanism: Tray
Recording modes: Disc-At-Once, Track-At-Once, Session-At-Once, MultiSession, Packet Writing
Recording formats: CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD Extra,CD-I, VideoCD, PhotoCD, CD-Text
Average access time: 125 ms
CD-R recording 1x, 4x, 8x, 12x
CD-RW recording 2x, 4x, 8x, 10x
Burn-Proof support
Reading 14x-32x (2100-4800 KBytes/s)
Buffer size: 2048 KBytes
Production date: October 2000
Manufacturer: Japan
Price at the moment of testing: ???

The delivery-pack: Retail.

Complete set includes:

  • Detailed user's manual in 6 languages
  • Installation manual in the form of spreading poster
  • CD with software for recording Nero Burning Rom and InCD 1.3 from ahead Software
  • CD-R, CD-RW and 700 MBytes CD-R
  • Marker for making writings on inactive CD area
  • Four screws, spare jumper and "Eject Stick"
  • Analog audiocable to connect the drive to the soundcard
  • IDE-connector.

Note that the tray is made of semitransparent plastic, what is quite unusual.

First I doubted that it would work so good, but then... First, the tray went out followed by the noise quite typical to the Plextor, though the sound was a bit higher ;)), secondly, in the tray we found a clamp that prevents damage while delivering.

The company TDK (as well as Creative) is ready to start recording CDs using the program Nero. By the way, EasyCD Creator 4.02d as well as DirectCD 3.01d do work with the recorder TDK without problems, unlike the Creative.

Beside software the CD contains another interesting program - TDK Digital MixMaster 3.0 - a player for audio files of different standards. Although it's not a new killer of WinAmp but the player has its own style.

I loved equalizer that allowed getting optimal sounding at the expense of wide frequency range. The design is well thought out: all buttons are located where they should be. At the same time you can make thinner settings.

Before installation of the TDK Digital MixMaster you will be asked to deinstall DirectCD on your computer.

I checked whether it could work with DirectCD enabled, and yes, it did; both DirectCD and MixMaster faced no problems when working together.

Look at the front panel:

headphones jack, mechanical volume control, open button, one indicator and emergency ejection hole. The drive can be installed both in vertical and horizontal position, for what there are two spring clamps.

The rear panel includes a digital output, but it's marked as "Not used"

Overburn CD-R Philips Silver allowed gain of 2 m 33 s. (77:16:44)

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