Continuing to lead the way in ultimate-performance CD burners, TDK today announced the addition of three new veloCD ReWriters to its lineup, including the company’s fastest-ever burner, the 52x internal ATAPI Model AI-5200, which can record a full-length CD-R in just 2-1/2 minutes. The AI-5200 is joined by the 48x external USB 2.0 Model UE-481648 burner and the company’s second portable model, the sleek, stylish 24x USB 2.0 Model UP-241032. All three veloCD burners feature a host of improved product features and benefits, as well as unmatched performance, compatibility and ease-of-use for PC, laptop and Macintosh users.
Noted Randall Rosenbaum, TDK Product Manager: “As more and more consumers discover the convenience, utility and sheer fun of burning their own CDs, demand for high-performance burners in all configurations is stronger than ever. With our three new entries, TDK clearly establishes itself as the total solutions provider in this fast-growing optical media marketplace. Our new 52x drive answers the need for the ultimate in speed and reliability for both music and data recording, while our external USB 2.0 model provides a high-speed, high-quality answer for users who want to add external burning capability without modifying their PCs, and our second portable model gives on-the-go users all the advantages of TDK veloCD technology in the industry’s fastest, most user-friendly portable burner.”
All three new TDK veloCDs continue the company’s mission of providing users with today’s most advanced CD burning solutions. The TDK Model AI-5200 internal ATAPI drive offers the fastest performance of any internal recordable CD drive in the industry, with blazingly fast 52x write, 24x rewrite and 48x data read speeds. Equally important for music-passionate computer users, the new veloCD is capable of ripping CD audio tracks at 48x, allowing users to extract an audio track in just five seconds with bit-perfect musical accuracy. The new Model UE-481648 USB 2.0 veloCD also provides the industry’s fastest performance for any external burner, offering 48x write, 16x rewrite, 48x read and 48x ripping speeds. And in addition to USB 2.0 connectivity, it is backward compatible with computers equipped with a USB 1.1 port.
The sleek, attractive form factor that established TDK’s first portable veloCD (Model FP-241032) as the industry standard for design excellence is refined in the company’s new portable Model UP-241032. Measuring just 1.25" high by 5.5" wide by 7" deep, the compact portable veloCD delivers high-performance capabilities to match its breakthrough design, offering 24x write, 10x rewrite, and 32x read/rip speeds – fast enough to burn a complete CD-R in just four minutes. Adding to its flexibility, the burner features USB 2.0 connectivity. In addition, the three new models all feature buffer underrun protection, which eliminates buffer underrun errors for perfect recordings every time – even during multitasking operations.
The World’s Best Music Management and Recording Software
Like all TDK veloCD burners, all three new models come complete with TDK’s CD Blender software suite, consisting of TDK Digital MixMaster music management and recording software, plus NeroExpressTM CD recording software, InCDTM drag-and-drop packet writing software and other useful utilities.
TDK Digital MixMaster gives users unprecedented convenience in their jukebox interface, and is easily customizable with a broad range of colorful graphic “skins.” It handles day-to-day music management and recording functions including CD playback, ripping, MP3 playback, Internet-accessed track labeling and CD recording (including on-the-fly conversion of computer music files and playlists into play-anywhere CDs).
Also included for PC users is NeroExpress multimedia recording software. Featuring one of the simplest user interfaces of any CD burning software, Nero makes it easy to copy virtually every type of CD-ROM and CD audio disc, including multisession discs and several new hybrid formats. Nero can also be used to create Video CDs (VCD) of home movies or a slide show of photos that can be played back in most DVD players, and can even control two veloCD burners simultaneously.
TDK Certified Plus Media: Guaranteed Error-Free Under The Most Demanding Conditions
In order to yield the fastest writing performance, today’s new generation of high-speed CD burners requires media capable of supporting write speeds greater than 40x – performance that lesser-quality blank media can not support.
To meet this need, TDK sets the industry standard in compatibility, reliability and durability with a full line of Certified Plus recordable media for CD as well as DVD, including CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R and DVD+RW discs. TDK Certified Plus blank media are guaranteed for total compatibility with all brands and types of drives, unlike other media brands that only permit recording at greatly reduced write speeds, regardless of a writer’s speed capabilities. TDK Certified Plus recordable media utilize the company’s longstanding expertise in organic dye and phase change material chemistry to provide error-free writing performance in all CD and DVD burners, along with long-term archival stability.
The new TDK veloCD burners are currently shipping with suggested retail prices as follows:
52x internal ATAPI veloCD Model AI-5200, SRP: $99
48x external USB 2.0 veloCD Model UE-481648, SRP: $179
24X portable USB 2.0 veloCD Model UP-241032, SRP: $199.