CyClone 241040 IDE CDR-W -
to enter the world of CD-Recording competition on the year 2000 with a 12x writer
(TDK CyClone 121032). From that time on TDK keeps shipping the fastest CD-RW
products earlier than all other companies in the retail market. This was accomplished
through strategic alliances with Plextor and Sanyo manufacturers. The CyClone
series of recorders are designed for delivering the maximum performance at an
affordable price for the novice as well as the power user. The new TDK CyClone
241040 also promises to be the fastest CD-RW drive ever! Is it able to accomplish
this? Does it perform better than our initial BP1500P drive review?
CyClone 241040 supports 24x writing, 10x re-writing and 40x reading speeds.
With 24x writing speed you can have a full 74min CD under 4mins! That is the
fastest current recording speed you can get, but for getting that level of performance
you will have to use very good quality media! The drive is also equipped with
"BURN-Proof" technology and has all the goodies which the "BP1500P"
also has: "Zone-CLV" recording mode and "FlexSS-BP" quality
control mechanism. Read more about those 2 technologies over here.
- The package:
package supplied was the retail European version. This included: The drive itself,
a detailed manual (in 6 languages), a quick installation guide, one TDK 24x
CD-R blank, 1 TDK High-Speed RW Blank, Audio cables, mounting screws and a CD-R
pen. The software supplied with the drive was Nero Burning ROM v184.108.40.206 and
Ahead InCD v2.12 (for packet writing use). The labeling on the included CD says
that the InCD version is 2.14, but the real content was different. That is not
a serious flaw, but it is something that TDK should look into more carefully.
retail package as we said earlier contains one TDK "Ultra-Reflex"
24x certified media. The actual manufacturer for the media is Taiyo Yuden as
CDR Identifier reports:
ATIP: 97m 24s 01f
Disc Manufacturer: Taiyo Yuden Company Ltd.
Assumed Dye type: Cyanine (Type 1)
Media type: CD-Recordable
Recording Speeds: min. unknown - max. unknown
nominal Capacity: 656.40MB (74m 43s 01f / LBA: 336076)
The front of the drive is exactly the same as the previous CyClone models.
It displays the High Speed Logo on the left hand side of the front tray along
with the "24/10/40" logo. The tray has a fluorescent blue color adding
a special hue to the drive. There are also 2 leds (read, write) and the BURN-Proof
logo above it, the eject button and the headphone input jack/volume potentiometer:
On the back of the drive we find the usual connectors (IDE interface, power),
the jumpers for setting the drive as Master/Slave and the SPDIF (analog/digital)
output connectors. The drive is also equipped with a slot for an extra cooling
fan but it is empty:
TDK CyClone 241040 was installed as Master in the secondary IDE BUS. The drive
worked in PIO MODE-4 mode and after booting it identified itself as the "TDK
CDRW241040X". We unchecked the Auto Insert notification, checked DMA
The drive was a May 2001 model with firmware revision v6.34 installed. We
used the Nero (220.127.116.11), InCD (2.13), CloneCD (18.104.22.168) and Padus DJ (3.00.780)
for the recording tests.
package also contains TDK Digital MixMaster which offers many interesting features
1) Turn your hard drive into a computer jukebox, with easy-to-create
2) On-the-fly decoding converts your computer music files and playlists into
play-anywhere CDs quickly and easily.
3) Automatic CD track labeling (Internet access required).
4) Convert your LPs and tapes into great-sounding CDs.
5) Built-in 20-band graphic equalizer lets you customize your sound.
6) See your music with 3D visualization technology.
7) Superior CD Duplication
8) Copy virtually all types of CD Audio and CD-ROM discs.
9) One-drive dupe mode lets you copy your music CDs in half the time of most
two-drive CD-ROM/CD burner setups ( up to 700 MB free hard drive space required).
The software is very fun to play with and has a fantastic 3D visualization
engine (more or less like the one found in NeroMIX).
- Test Machine:
Celeron II 566 over clocked to 850 MHz
128MB SDRAM PC 133
WD 18GB UDMA 66
Quantum Fireball EX 6.4 GB UDMA 33
DAWI 2975 - PCI (ULTRA) SCSI Host Adapter
ATI AIW 128
Yamaha 2200E firmware v1.0C
Ricoh MP7200A firmware v1.10
Sanyo BP1500P firmware vHg.35
TDK CyClone 241040 firmware v6.34