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Basic claimed characteristics of the TEAC CD-W512SB
Firmware version 1.0A
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
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 November 2000
Manufacturer Japan
Current price 285-295 USD

Delivered in the OEM-package.

Looking at the photo you may claim that it's TEAC W54E. But we still have a recorder of a new generation - the CD-W512SB. It seems that TEAC company lacks any designers. The appearance of the drives didn't change since the TEAC W54E. It means that the W54E, W58E, W512E(B) and W512SB are identical from outside. Use another sticker, and a user wouldn't be able to define the genuine model.

On the photo you can see the TEAC CD-W512SB (above), and the CD-W58E (below).

Besides, you can't be fully sure that you are buying a model with Burn-Proof support, since on the sticker you can find only "TEAC CD-W512S", i.e. without the letter "B".

The drive can be installed both in horizontal and in vertical positions.

The tray (1) goes out softer and less noisy than that of the CD-W54E and reacts instantly to pressing of the button.

Mention of the digital output on the rear panel is absent (like in many considered drives).

Overburn CD-R Philips Silver on this drive gained 2 min. 21 sec. (77:04.12)

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