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Basic claimed characteristics of TEAC CD-W512EB
Firmware version 2.0A
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-I, CD-Digital, CD-Bridge, Audio CD, CD Text, CD-Extra, Video CD
Read/write support in Raw-mode RAW-DAO - supported (with 2.0B firmware version)
RAW-SAO - supported
RAW-SAO Simulation - supported
Average access time 85 ms
Burn-Proof support
CD-R recording 1X, 4x, 8X, 12x
CD-RW recording 2X, 4x, 8x, 10x
Reading 14x-32x (2100-4800 kbps)
Buffer size 4096 KBytes
Production date September 2000
Manufacturer Japan
Price at the moment of
240-250 USD (Retail-version)
200-210 USD (OEM-version)

OEM set includes:

  • User's Manual in English and German
  • A small sheet of paper with a list of recommended CD-R and software
  • CD with a program for recording and creating discs - Nero Burning Rom from Ahead Software and an instruction manual on this program
  • One CD-R and one CD-RW
  • 4 screws
  • Analog audio cable for connecting to the sound card
  • IDE-cable

ATIP: 97m 27s 56f
Disc Manufacturer: Mitsui Toatsu Chemicals, Inc.
Assumed Dye type: Phthalocyanine (Type 6)
Media type: CD-Recordable
Recording Speeds: min. unknown - max. unknown
nominal Capacity: 650.85 MBytes (74m 05s 11f / LBA: 333236

ATIP: 97m 34s 23f
Disc Manufacturer: Mitsubishi Chemicals Corp.
Assumed Dye type: Cyanine (Type 3)
Media type: CD-ReWritable
Recording Speeds: min. 4X - max. 8X
nominal Capacity: 656.40 MBytes (74m 43s 00f / LBA: 336075)

On the TEAC site in the "CDW512E/KIT Contents" part they say that they ship with the retail-version (or "KIT") the following software:

  • Adaptec Software for Windows 95/98/NT and 2000 Professional (Full Install)

  1. Easy CD Creator data and audio recording software 4.02d or higher
  2. DirectCD drag & drop software 3.01d or higher
  3. CD Copier disc to disc copy software

In our case the recorder is shipped together with software from Ahead, it means that the complete set depends on either a country-importer or a revision of the devices.

It's difficult to say whose pickup was used by TEAC in the previous models, but the User's manual says that in the CD-W512EB they used it from Sanyo.

The tested drive had a 2.0À version microprogram. The 2.0B version that can be downloaded from here adds a possibility of recording in DAO-RAW mode.

A bit surprising is the fact that they do not ship a CD (as they usually did before) with useful info on products released by TEAC and different software.

On the box you can find system requirements for the computer on which the CD-RW will be installed.

The same info can be found in the manual.

The appearance of the front panel have been described many times.

When pressing the eject button the tray goes out with a little delay. Besides, I should note a long recognition time.

The Overburn CD-R Philips Silver on this drive gained 2 min. 20 sec. (77:03.48)

The Overburn CD-R Mirex Gold gained 2 min. 56 sec. (77:26.48)

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