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Memorex TwelveMAXX 1032

Specification of the Memorex TwelveMAXX 1032:
Firmware version LSXA
Recording modes Disc-At-Once, Track-At-Once, Session-At-Once, MultiSession, Packet Writing
Recording formats CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, Photo CD (single and multisessions), CD-I, CD-Text, CD Extra, Video CD
Read/write support in Raw-mode RAW-DAO - supported
RAW-DAO Write Simulation - supported
CD+G RAW-DAO - supported
RAW-SAO - supported
RAW-SAO Write Simulation - supported
Average access time 120 ms
CD-R recording 2x, 4x, 8X, 12X
CD-RW recording 2X, 4x, 10X
Buffer underrun error prevention technology BURN-Proof
Interface PIO Mode 4
Reading 32x max (4800 KBytes/s)
Buffer size 2048 KBytes
Production date March 2000
Manufacturer China
Price as tested $100150 (depends on a package)

The drive ships in a Retail package.

The box contains:

  • Operating manual in the form of a poster in 7 languages;
  • Quick guide in 7 languages;
  • Register card (with instruction in case of damage of the drive of questions about its operation);
  • CD with software for disc recording EasyCD Creator 4.02e and DirectCD 3.02 from Roxio;
  • CD with eJay;
  • 50 CD-Rs Memorex in a CakeBox;
  • 4 screws;
  • Analog cable for connecting the drive to a sound card.

This recorder is a result of the agreement of Memorex and Lite-On. Its appearance is very similar to the Lite-On 12X/10X/32X MAX CD-RW DRIVE except the writings on the front panel.

The buffer underrun error prevention technology is BURN-Proof. No secret that the patent belongs to Sanyo. The most of recorders based on the chipset or pickup from Sanyo specify this technology. Some other drives which use the Sanyo's filling call it differently. It is obvious that it is necessary to get the go-ahead from Sanyo. The situation with Lite-On is not clear. As we have found out their drives have no chips from Sanyo.

Here is what the Nero says you about the drive:

On the whole, there is almost no any information on this Memorex drive. When we tested it their site had no data concerning the TwelveMAXX. It also concerns the Lite-On drives. The official site is scanty both in information and in technical support.

The drive, however, has an attractive price, come with 50(!) discs.

The software is also interesting. Memorex prefers a more expensive but easier to use solution from Adaptec/Roxio to the Nero from Ahead Software. Apart from the software there is a video clip, pdf files of probably a user's manual (but I failed to open them though I tried all versions of the Adobe Acrobat Reader from 3.05 to 5.0).

The eJay program will make you feel a DJ and help create your own composition.

The front panel is typical of Lite-On.

A traditional rectangular tray, a headphones jack, a recessed mechanical volume control, a tray button, an emergency ejection hole and one LED. On the rear panel there is a digital-out.

When working the drive make quite a lot of noise and visibly vibrates. Besides, it has problems with recognition of cheap cyanine CD-Rs.

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