|Basic claimed characteristics
of TEAC CD-W58E
||Disc-At-Once, Track-At-Once, Session-At-Once,
MultiSession, Packet Writing
||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
RAW-SAO - supported
RAW-SAO Simulation - supported
|Average access time
||1x, 4x, 8x
||2x, 4x, 8x
||14x-32x (2100-4800 kbps)
|Price at the moment of testing
The drive is shipped in OEM package.
This model of the TEAC recorder appeared to call forth a lot of
First, many were surprised that the most part of the programs can
access only 1280 KBytes of the buffer while on the site in the user's
manual they say that the buffer's size is 2048 KBytes. Look: 2048
KB is the total buffer size, but for system utilization only 1280
KB can be used (available capacity).
Besides, when the recorder was released one could find no information
on it on the Net. Only some time later the site published official
data on it.
The rumors on suspension of the CD-W58E have just added fuel to
the fire. First, this becoming outdated, but popular and cheap CD-W54E
recorder needed to be replaced by something. The W58E would suit
best. Secondly, the news disappointed many users since they were
going to purchase it. Besides, the situation with a release of new
firmware versions was vague. Different competent people said that
the model was taken out of the production due to high percentage
of defective articles.
Nevertheless, I think that the drive was very successful and showed
The system requirements for the computer are humbler than that
of the CD-W512EB: Pentium-level processor with 90 MHz clock speed
and 16 MBytes RAM.
I don't want to concern the design of the CD-W58E since it is just
The Overburn CD-R Philips Silver on this drive gained 2 min. 22
The Overburn CD-R Mirex Gold gained 2 min. 53 sec.
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