Looks like I've got about 3 or 4 things to reply about, so I'll try to wrap all the items into this email. I hope I can satisfy all your questions in one go, as it may be a little while until I reply again.
Ralf Hutter: Sorry to hear about your "ass being frosted" :) I appreciate your comments regarding the write speeds, and it has been noted. Please understand that this drive has one major goal...to produce the highest QUALITY burned CD-R discs of any CD Recorder on the market. The OWSC has been designed with this in mind. While I understand that other drives may be able to burn to your CD-Rs at higher speeds, without the appropriate testing equipment, it would be impossible for you to know what the ACTUAL quality of the recorded data is. Yamaha employs 7 engineers who test CD-R media, and their job is to create a database of speeds at which each brand, model, and make of CD-R media is most reliably recorded.
Laffin: Sorry to hear about your first experience with DiscT@2. There are different levels of visibility and effects that are produced when using different media. With deep blue AZO media, the result is a high contrast DiscT@2. With cyanine based media, the tattoo has been said to be more "holographic". With phthlocyanine media, the tattoo is commonly described as more like a "watermark". Certainly each effect has its uses.
For the record, Yamaha in the US will have offer "DiscT@2 optimized" CD-R discs (deep blue AZO) along with the rest of our CD-R and CD-RW media line. The pricing will not be higher than our existing CD-R media. Also, the OWSC comments have been noted.
MP3Mogul: I hope my answers have satisfied your questions. We took extra time to develop the firmware prior to the launch of this product, so that we were not "like every other CD-R manufacter" who is launching their products and using the consumer as their test bed. We believe the product we launched is solid, and does not have any glaring problems or errors. However, we do realize that there are some features that users would like, and these are being taken into consideration for firmware updates in the future.
Graffiti: In the Print Preview screen of the DiscT@2 editor, there is a checkbox for "Invert". You might want to test out using this feature, to change the "relief" style effect you mentioned.
Thank you all for your comments!
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Yamaha Electronics Corp.