Accessories: User Manual, fastening bolts, CD-audio cable, CD with drivers and softDVD-player. The DDS (Dynamic Damping System) is provided to reduce vibrations. For convenient Audio CD playback the front panel has Load/Eject and Play/Next buttons.
Tests of quality of operation with CDs
CD WinBench 99
Nero CD Speed
The following information on the drive is obtained with the Drive check utility:
The 'CDDA accurate' parameter implies that the drive has problems with audio tracks capture. A vague value of the RAW reading parameter means probably the same. The detailed information on the problem will be found out in the test on quality of soundtrack extraction.
Tests of the drive with a standard CD
CD-ROM Drive Analyzer
Reading of a scratched CD
It seems that the drive checks the speed at which it'd better read a certain disc. It sets such a speed and doesn't work faster. It is interesting that almost all CD-Rs and CD-RWs were read at a reduced speed.
Advanced DAE Quality (Nero CD Speed)
Well, yes, the drive have problems with accurate extraction of audio tracks. In-depth information on this test with described parameters can be found in the help file to the CDSpeed99.
Soundtrack extraction from audio CDs (CD DAE 99)
Direct copying of data from a 780 MBytes CD-R onto a hard disc
The copying was carried out flawlessly, but the drive read data at a too low speed, that is why it didn't make sense to measure the time.
Tests of quality of operation with DVD discs
Nero DVD Speed
Testing with a two-layer DVD disc
DVD-Video playback with the Cyberlink PowerDVD 2.55
The DVD-Video was played without any problems; no artifacts were noticed. During changing the layer the DVD quality didn't get worse.
The drive makes quite a lot of noise both when working at the highest speed and at the speed being reduced on a software level. The reduction is possible only to 12X and only by means of external programs (CD Bremse, Nero DriveSpeed).
As we have already mentioned, the drive is equipped with the DDS system. But when working with a badly balanced CD the drive didn't excel. The vibration was quite noticeable even at the speed reduced.
There are no any complains about its thermal conditions. The data were read after an intensive 2-hour operation:
Possibility to make a multizone drive (RPC-1)
According to www.firmware.fr.st,
the drive can become a multizone one by changing its firmware version.
However, we haven't tested it yet, that is why you can use this
version at your own risk.
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