Specifications according to Lite-On:
- CD read speeds of 52X CAV
- Digital audio extraction speeds specified as "high speed"
- 128 KB buffer
- <80 ms average random access time
- ATAPI/ATA33 interface
- 1-year Warranty
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The retail box contents include:
- The drive
- Multi-language User's Manual
- Floppy disk containing DOS driver
- Four mounting screws
- One analog audio cable
Missing is an IDE cable.
Like Lite-On's 16X DVD-ROM, the front of the drive features an audio track advance button as well as a standard eject button. In addition to the printed "52X Max" on the tray face, Lite-On includes a sticker furnishing their Internet address. The rear of the drive includes a digital audio output in addition to standard optical drive connections.
The drive arrived with firmware revision YS0A. This is the most recent firmware revision for the unit.
With regard to noise and heat, the Lite-On is about average for a 52X CAV reader...that is, quite loud. It does stay fairly cool, though, only getting significantly warm after extended stress tests.
According to Pricewatch, the LTN526S currently runs about $31 from online sources.. This is a bit higher than the $23 average for Afreey's 56X model (the current Leaderboard champ) as well as the $21 for Creative's 52X.
CD-ROM Performance Results...