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Tuesday, February 19, 2002
Yamaha CRW2100E CD-RW

4. RW reading tests

Yamaha CRW2100E IDE CDR-W - Page 4

RW reading tests

For the RW tests we used Ricoh HS RW media written at 8x speed. Why not 10x speed? The Yamaha CRW2100E refused to read HS RW media that was written at 10x so we lowered the speed to 8x in order to complete the test:

The CRW2100E continues to read very fast RW media and gave back the best average reading speed around 30x!

CloneCD Tests

- Procedure:
We used CloneCD (v2.8.3.1) and 3 original CDs (Rally Masters, Euro2000 and Vrally 2 Expert) in order to test the reading time for Yamaha CRW2100E (firmware v1.0D). We also tested the reading performance with backups of the original CDs since the reading speed varies among original and backup media. For comparison reasons we added the results from Plextor PX-W1210A/S and Ricoh MP7120A.

- Results:

a) SafeDisc Results: Euro 2000 (Total: 257982 sectors - 10141 bad sectors) - Reading Speed: Max

The Yamaha CRW2100E leads the race when reading SafeDisc protected CDs.

The Yamaha CRW2100E not only leads but also improves the reading speed when used the backup CD.

b) LaserLock Results: Rally Masters (Total: 321528 sectors - 6317 bad sectors) - Reading Speed: Max

As we expected most drives have serious problem when reading LaserLock protected CDs. The CRW2100E comes second behind MP7120A but ahead both Plextor drives.

This time PX-W1210S gave the best performance. The CRW2100E comes third behinds MP7120A.

c) SecuROM Results:

The Yamaha CRW2100E simple rules the SecuROM tests. It reads it with incredible fast speed and bypass the competition with great distance gap. Of course we have tested the backup ,with Yamaha as the reader source, and it worked fine.

Verdict of CloneCD Tests:
The Yamaha CRW2100E is an excellent reader. The increased max speed (40x) helps it bypass the competition (both Plextor and Ricoh drives) in most tests. It showed a not-that-good performance with LaserLock protected CDs, which most drives anyway read very slowly. The drive can not only can read SubChannel data but also do it very FAST! Notice that the Yamaha 2100E seems a very good drive to use for SD2 protection (reading part..).




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