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Tuesday, February 19, 2002
TEAC 516E CD-RW

4. DAE Tests

TEAC CD-516EB IDE CDR-W - Page 4

DAE Tests

- Test Method:
We used CD DAE 99 v0.21 beta and EAC v0.9 prebeta 9 software in order to check the DAE performance of TEAC CD-516EB with various AudioCDs. We brought EAC back to the testing arena since many of you requested it. Note that the posted DAE results are the average of both applications, but the CPU usage is only taken from CD DAE 99. EAC seems to occupy the system much more. As a last note, we used the "BURST" reading mode of EAC. We made a full CD Rip starting from the first to the last track of the CD. The Average DAE reported speed along with the CPU Usage is displayed in the test graphs.

- DAE features:
We used EAC v0.9 prebeta 9 to examine the drive's features. As the program reported, the drive isn't "Caching" data and supports "Accurate Stream" and "C2" error info.

 

- Pressed AudioCD results: (click here to see the CD Speed 99 graph)
The Teac support only up to 32x DAE, when the rest drives participating to the test support 40X DAE (max) according to their specifications. Therefore the TEAC CD-W516EB stays back (takes the third place) with a 26,4X average ripping speed. As for the CPU usage TEAC CD-W516EB gave a normal 27% result:

- CDR AudioCD results: (click here to see the CD Speed 99 graph)
Behaving as in the pressed CD DAE test, TEAC CD-W516EB finished the DAE ripping session with a 25.4X average speed, which is not a poor performance but far away from the competition:

- Advanced DAE Quality:

As you can see all drives got a perfect 100 score in the Advanced DAE Quality test. TEAC CD-W516EB gave a good performance (27.52X) almost equal to PlexWriter's and Yamaha's. The Advanced test confirmed that the drive supports reading of SubChannel data but also showed that it does not support CD Text reading however this doesn't apply with other softwares. We tested this option using Feurio's CD Manager v1.61 built-in CD Text Player. The CD we wrote with TEAC CD-W516EB contained CD-Text and read CD-Text without any problem...

- Ripping 90 and 95mins AudioCDs
We tested TEAC's CD-W516EB ripping performance with a 91min CD -overburned 90min CD and with a 95min CD. We tried to rip the audio files using CD DAE 99 v0.21 and EAC v0.9 but the procedures were extremely slow. As a result we turned to the CDSpeed 99 alternative in order to test the drive's performance. The 91min compilation was read in a 28.38X average speed but as it is shown in the graph above the drive produced a lot of reading errors and the DAE quality seems very bad (scored with 10). The 95min CD was partially read since the drive ripped up to 94min the of audio files and returned a read error…

What we could say is that TEAC CD-W516EB is able to rip a 94min audio CD (max). Also keep in mind that both 90 and 99 minute CDs are out of CD standards:


Reading 90minutes CD >> Reading 95minutes CD




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