1. I ran comparison between the two drives on their ability in QUALITY audio recording
, rather than just DATA recording, because the former tells much more about a CDRW abilities at all. Even though in general, I care more about writing the data rather than a music. But the audio writing itself is also count![:X]
2. Writing at maximum supported speeds (44x and 52x accordingly) doesn't do any good for the purpose[V]. For the audio recording, it is not appropriate at all: 24x, I think, is as high as you can go. Please note that this almost does not depend on the way you write music (from hard disk data or CD copying). Almost
because at 1x, 4x and 8x the Yamaha's Advanced Audio Recording automatically kicks in when writing disk at once from data on the hard disk
(while not when copying a CD of a conventional format!).
3. It is already proved (please see appropriate reviews) that AAMQR does do the job, so that no other burners can match the Yamaha F1 in this mode
. At least, when it comes to the jitter level (and, I believe, C1/C2 errors). Whether somewhat overdigitalised
AAMQR sound is better than a normal one for someone's ear - is another story!
4. I do not want to check the AAMQR mode as am not going to use it on more or less regular basis.
5. The F1 drive writes music at 4x very well
. So well, that according to John's review in this mode it outperforms compaired burners by Plextor and Teak in their best possible for the purpose modes. All the same, from that review I conclude that the F1 writes audio, beside the AAMQR mode, at a peak quality at 4x (well, 1x is really way too slow). The same for the compaired burners.
6. As for the Sony CRX220E1, yet I cannot assume that its peak audio writing speed is 4x too. It very well may be 16x or 24x.[:I]
7. However, I have to stick to something definite! It does not make sense, at this time with that much info I have about the burners, to compare the Yamaha's 4x to Sony's 16x audio writing quality. This might have an independent value but... only after a lot of info on the issue has been accumulated elsewhere! For now, I have to assume that 4x is also the best audio recording speed for the Sony.
8. On the other hand, I'm not able to run more or less exhaustive tests on burners. Not at all! So, I have to reasonably limit myself.
9. As for the CD Doctor...[?]
- It's only in the development stage, especially the English version;
- It is also a beta version, thus has some bugs and imperfectnesses;
- Of course, it would be nice to be able to test at intermediate speeds, say 4x, 16x, 24x, 40x; but not yet!
- Read speed of 8x is undoubtedly gives more trusty and universal results than the "maximum drive speed"; as the first approach, I'd even suggest to ignore my results at 52x reading!
[:p]The way I've set up my tests, allowed me to make conclusions on the next:
1. How the CD Doctor performs on my burners. This has an independent value because of multiple threads not only on the CDRInfo forum.
2. Audio writing quality of different medias in my posession. In particular, I was concerned about the Verbatim (by Mitsubishi) versus FujiFilm (by Taiyo Yuden) CDRs.
3. Audio writing quality of the burners in posession. I agree with John that C1/C2 test is yet not everything in the issue, but they do tell a lot!
4*. Reading ability, via the CD Doctor, of the Sony drive. Well, you did make a good point here but... This is hardly my concern.
[:X][}:)]At this time, I'm not going to perform any additional comparison tests. I've posted all the information I have. The more extensive tests and reviews from the trusty sources on the comparison are coming soon.
I do not see a good reason to discuss the issues like inconsistencies of the test results over and over again.