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YAMAHA’S internal EIDE CRW-F1 now available for use with Apple's new power MAC G4 series

Yamaha Electronics Corporation continues its dedication to Macintosh® users by adding the internal CRW-F1ZEM to its arsenal of Mac® compatible CD recorders. The CRW-F1ZEM will be for use in Apple’s® new dual processor Power Mac® G4 towers with dual drive bays (mirrored drive doors) and will be carried nationwide by retailers and distributors, including the Apple Store®.

The newest addition to Yamaha’s growing award-winning family of top-of-the-line optical recorders is the first CD recorder to offer the revolutionary DiscT@2TM (Tattoo) Laser Labeling System, which allows graphics and text to be burnt onto CD-R discs, eliminating the need for labels. In addition to the new internal E-IDE (CRW-F1ZEM) model, Yamaha also offers two sleek Mac™ compatible external models: FireWire/USB (CRW-F1ZDX); and SCSI (CRW-F1ZSX).

“The CRW-F1ZEM further solidifies Yamaha’s commitment to the Macintosh community.” states Allen H. Gharapetian, general manager, Yamaha Multimedia Products Division. “Now Mac users can choose between external and internal CRW-F1 models and take full advantage of its exclusive features that make this recorder one of the fastest – and most innovative – recorders ever to hit the industry.”

The CRW-F1 is also the first CD recorder ever to offer 24X CD-RW ReWriting. With full Mt. Rainer support, the CRW-F1 burns CD-RW discs at up to 24X thus reducing the time for your overall rewriting experience. Mt. Rainier support adds true drag-and-drop CD rewriting and on-the-fly formatting to CD-RW creation, making the CD-RW the ideal floppy disk replacement. In addition, with Yamaha’s CD-RW Audio Track Edit system, there is no longer a need to erase an entire CD-RW disc to add a track or file to the disc, further facilitating and expanding the uses of CD-RW discs.

Also featured is Yamaha’s exclusive Advanced Audio Master Quality Recording System for mastering studio-quality audio and data CDs anywhere. Advanced Audio Master Quality Recording System guarantees the best possible audio or data recording quality on conventional 74 or 80-minute CD-R discs, as well as new 90 and 99-minute discs. When Audio Master recording mode is enabled, the system widens the lands and the pits, significantly reducing jitter created during CD-R recording, improving audio and music recording quality to a level rivaling professionally prepared music CDs. In addition, CD recordings performed using the new Advanced Audio Master Quality Recording deliver superior durability and longer life, especially for recorded discs used or stored under extreme conditions. The CRW-F1 CD recorder also features 8MB of buffer memory (4 times larger than industry standard); Yamaha’s exclusive Safe-Burn technology, which eliminates buffer underruns and allows for maximum reliability while multitasking; Yamaha’s PurePhase Laser System, which reduces jitters while recording by 25%, the ability to read and rip audio at 44X; easy plug-and-play installation, Multi-OS support; and the world’s most advanced high-quality Full-CAV technology designed to guarantee maximum performance and reliability. The adaptation of the Full-CAV (Full Constant Angular Velocity) technology enables the Yamaha CRW-F1 to burn a full 80-minute CD-R disc in just 163 seconds, while delivering impeccable quality, playback reliability and a longer life expectancy. In addition, unlike most high speed (40X+) CD recorders, the CRW-F1 records both audio and data at top speeds while maintaining the highest quality and standards, rivaling commercial CD recording machines.

The CRW-F1 is designed with a high-tech blue ice LED indicator light which lights up when recording and will change to a purple-white (fluorescent) color when the drive is idle.

The Macintosh-specific CRW-F1ZEM retail bundle includes an impressive software suite to provide a top-quality burning experience, featuring Roxio’s Toast 5 Lite, Adobe Photoshop LE, as well as the popular MusicMatch Jukebox.

“The practical applications of a CD-Recorder and the quality of CDs recorded mean a lot to Yamaha,” states Gharapetian. “That’s why we believe Macintosh users will appreciate the exclusive features built into our CRW-F1, such as the new and exciting DiscT@2 labeling system, the Advanced Audio Master, the CD-RW track edit mode, and the inclusion of Roxio’s Toast, the most popular CD Recording software for Macintosh.”

The internal E-IDE CRW-F1ZEM (MAC) carries an attractive estimated street price of $129.99. Other members of Yamaha’s CRW-F1 Mac compatible family include: the external dual interface CRW-F1ZDX using IEEE 1394 FireWireTM + USB 2.0 technology is available at an estimated street price of $279.99; and the external CRW-F1ZSX using Ultra SCSI interface is available at an estimated street price of $329.99.

For product and sales information, visit www.yamahamultimedia.com or contact Yamaha Electronics Corporation, Multimedia Products Division, 6660 Orangethorpe Avenue, Buena Park, CA 90620; www.yamahamultimedia.com; telephone (714) 522-9011.

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