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Specification of the MITSUMI CR-4809TE:
Firmware version 1.0C
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, 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 98 ms
CD-R recording 4x, 8x, 16x (CLV)
24x (Zone-CLV)
CD-RW recording 4x, 10x, 12x
Buffer underrun error prevention technology Exac-Link
Interface UltraDMA 33
Reading 40x max (6000 KBytes/s)
Buffer size 16 MBytes
Production date October 2001
Manufacturer Philippines
Price as tested up to $100

The drive ships in a Retail package.

The box contains:

  • Illustrated installation manual in 14 languages
  • Booklet with the whole range of Mitsumi devices
  • CD with software for disc recording: Nero Burning Rom, InCD 2.32 from Ahead Software
  • CD-R Mitsumi for high-speed recording and High Speed CD-RW 4x-10x
  • 4 screws
  • Analog cable for connecting the drive to a sound card
  • IDE cable.

ATIP: 97m 24s 01f
Disc Manufacturer: Taiyo Yuden Company Ltd.
Reflective layer: Dye (Long strategy; e.g. Cyanine, Azo etc.)
Media type: CD-Recordable
Recording Speeds: min. unknown - max. unknown
nominal Capacity: 702.83 MBytes (79m 59s 73f / LBA: 359848)
ATIP: 97m 27s 00f
Disc Manufacturer: Disc ID not allowed
Reflective layer: Phase change
Media type: CD-ReWritable
Recording Speeds: min. 4X - max. 8X
nominal Capacity: 651.86 MBytes (74m 12s 00f / LBA: 333750)

Character and method of recording:

I can't say Mitsumi remains as popular as it was before. The CD-RW market is constantly undergoing changes, and to attract customers one has to offer new technologies at an old price. While increasing the speed Mitsumi doesn't let the prices to go up too much, and the company feels well on the market of inexpensive entry-level CD-RW drives. The CR-4809TE is one of the first models with a possibility to rewrite CD-RW discs at 12x.

Here is what the Nero says you about the drive:

The recorder is based on the OAK Technology's chipset - OTI-9797:

The company works both in the retail and OEM spheres, and the OEM version of the CR-4809TE drive comes with only 2 MBytes buffer, while the Retail one has a 16 MBytes one.

Despite a high speed of operation Mitsumi was able to produce a quiet model which doesn't vibrate much.

The appearance remains the same; one LED will inform you about operation of the drive in several modes.

The drive can be installed both in vertical and horizontal positions. There is a digital-out on the rear panel which, however, is not marked and doesn't work correctly (but it wasn't promised).

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