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NEC NR-9100

Specification of the NEC NR-9100 :
Firmware version2.11c
Recording modesDisc-At-Once, Track-At-Once, Session-At-Once, MultiSession, Packet Writing
Recording formatsCD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-Audio,CD Extra, CD Text, CD-I, CD-Bridge,Photo-CD, Video CD, Hybrid CD
Read/write  support in Raw-modeRAW-DAO - supported
RAW-DAO Write Simulation - unsupported
CD+G RAW-DAO - supported
RAW-SAO - supported
RAW-SAO Write Simulation - supported
Average access time98 ms
CD-R recording4x, 8x, 16x (CLV)
20x, 24x-40x (Zone-CLV)
CD-RW recording2x, 4x, 10x
Buffer underrun error prevention technologyJustLink
InterfaceUltra DMA 33
Reading40x max (6000 KB/s)
Buffer size2048 KB
Production dateMay 2002

The drive came in the OEM package, i.e. only the drive itself.

The NEC's drive is the only in the list which doesn't support an option used by the CloneCD when copying protected discs - RAW-DAO Write Simulation and a write speed over 10x for CD-RW media. 

Like the AOpen's model, this one doesn't support speeds over 24x for recording CD-R with ATIP 4M. 

The NR-9100, like other models from NEC, doesn't like overburning. The utility of checking overburn in the Nero CD Speed locks the Start button, thus, making impossible even the test. 

The Nero program provides the following information on the recorder: 

Nero InfoTool utility: 

The insides of the NR-9100 are ordinary, the drive is based on the Ricoh's chipset. 

The design of the front panel maintains the tradition of the previous models: one LED working in a one-color mode, headphone jack, volume control, an emergency ejection hole  and a rectangular tray button. The tray goes out with specific buzzing sound. The rear panel of the recorder incorporates a digital-out. 

The drive works relatively quietly, some noise can be noticed only at high speeds which are obtained to the end of discs. 

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Alexander Vorobiev (vorobiev@ixbt.com

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