the TDK Cyclone 401248B:|
|Recording modes||Disc-At-Once, Track-At-Once, Session-At-Once,
MultiSession, Packet Writing|
CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, Photo CD, CD-Text, CD+G, CD-I, CD-Extra, Video CD|
|Read/write support in Raw-mode||RAW-DAO - supported |
Write Simulation - supported
CD+G RAW-DAO - supported
RAW-SAO - supported
RAW-SAO Write Simulation - supported
|CD-R recording||4x, 8x, 12x, 16x,
20x (CLV) |
32x (20x-32x), 40x (20-x-40x) (Zone-CLV)
recording||4x, 8x, 10x, 12x|
|Buffer underrun error prevention
technology||TDK Buffer Underrun Protection|
Mode4 (by default), |
|Buffer size||2048 KB|
The drive ships in a Retail package.
The box contains:
- In-depth user manual in 6 languages;
- Installation manual in
the form of a folding poster;
- CD with software for disc recording:
Nero Burning Rom 18.104.22.168, InCD 3.29 from Ahead; Software and TDK's utility - Digital
MixMaster 4.5 - player for audio files of different standards;
CD-R Reflex Ultra and High Speed CD-RW 4x-12x 700 MB;
- 4 screws
and Eject Stick;
- TDK's marker for writing on an unused CD area;
Analog cable for connecting the drive to a sound card;
- IDE cable.
Character and method of recording:
The drive is based on the MediaTek MT1508E chipset (like the 40x ASUS)
The company refused from a Sanyo's chipset probably because Sanyo wasn't ready
for production of 40x models at the time of announcement of the 40x Cyclone Besides,
MediaTek chipsets have very attractive prices.
The Nero Info Tool utility provides the following information on the recorder:
The design of the recorder changed a bit since the time of first CyClones.
Although it still looks "a la iMac", it lost one LED and have its controls
rearranged. It's primarily connected with a new OEM partner.
Apart from standard
connectors for setting the drive into Master/Slave positions the rear panel has
one more jumper. So that the drive can be able to work in the UltraDMA 33 protocol
this jumper must be removed. You can also listen to audio CDs via the digital
The TDK Cyclone 401248B is the noisiest drive in the
list. Besides, when the drive stumbles over hard-to-read areas on discs it often
causes failure of the computer. Back
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