Specifications according to Yamaha's drive manual:
- Maximum write speeds of 12X-16X Partial CAV
- Maximum rewrite speeds of 8X CLV
- Packet-writing speeds of 4X-10X CAV
- Read speeds of 40X Max (CAV)
- Digital audio extraction speeds of 40X Max (CAV)
- 8 MB buffer
- 160 ms average random access time
- SCSI-3 (Ultra SCSI) interface
For more information, click here to see Yamaha's online product page. Note that on this page, Yamaha makes no mention of partial CAV or the special circumstances required to rewrite at 10X.
Hyper Microsystems sent us the retail box, allowing us to see firsthand what Yamaha includes with their drive. First off, we're very impressed with the plastic shell used to secure the drive in the box. It appears to provide better shock protection than the typical foam drive holder. Also, the manual is extremely thorough and user-friendly. The rest of the contents:
- 50-pin SCSI cable
- Standard 3-pin audio cable, mounting screws and washers
- One blank Yamaha 650 MB 16X CD-R (no CD-RW disc is included)
- Easy CD Creator/DirectCD burning software
- Adobe Acrobat software
- Adobe PhotoDeluxe Business Edition v1.1
- Adobe PageMill 3.0
- Adobe ActiveShare
- 39 free MP3 songs (various unknown artists)
- Music Match Jukebox software
- Neato CD labeler, Media Face II software, and a few blank labels to play with
- Leaflet describing how to download free "Fast Audio Rip 1.0" software
- Registration card
This is probably the most complete retail package we've encountered.
The rest of the drive's vitals: Unlike the CRW2100E, the SCSI version does not feature a digital audio-out connector. There is a single LED on the front that glows amber when there is no disc in the drive and cycles between different combinations of solid and blinking amber and green lights, depending on the drive's activity. The manual includes a chart listing all the possible permutations.
The drive arrived with Yamaha's most recent firmware revision, 1.0h, already installed.
While the CRW2100S never exceeded lukewarm temperatures in our stress tests, noise levels were extremely high during full RPM reads. When we say "noise," we also mean vibration - this drive (as well as the ATAPI version we recently reviewed) is easily the loudest optical drive we've ever tested.
Current online pricing for the retail CRW2100S kit is about $275, about $50 higher than the CRW2100E.
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