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Tuesday, February 19, 2002
Yamaha CRW2100IX CD-RW

4. RW reading tests

Yamaha CRW2100ix FireWire CDR-W- Page 4

RW reading tests

- HS-RW Test: (click here to see the CD Speed 99 chart)

For the RW tests we used Verbatim HS RW media written at 10x speed. The problem which the SCSI Yamaha model (CRW2100S) had (we remind you that it had refused to read HS RW media that was written at 10x and we had to lower the speed to 8x in order to complete the test) does not exist here... The media was written on a Plextor @ 10x and it was perfectly read by all the Yamahas:

The CRW2100ix reads very fast RW media and gave back an average reading speed of around 30x!

CloneCD Tests

- Procedure:
We used CloneCD (v2.8.5.3) and 3 original CDs (Rally Masters, Euro2000 and Vrally 2 Expert) in order to test the reading time for Yamaha CRW2100ix (firmware v1.0N). We also tested the reading performancenai with backups of the original CDs since the reading speed varies among original and backup media. For comparison reasons we added the results from the Yamaha 2100E/S models.

- Results:

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

The Yamaha CRW2100ix leads the race when reading SafeDisc protected CDs. What is noticeable here is that all the Yamaha drives improve the reading speed when the backup CD is used.

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

From the past test's experience most drives have serious problems when reading LaserLock protected CDs. The CRW2100ix comes first with the other two drives to follow, but second (behind the IDE model) when reading the Backup CD.

c) SecuROM Results:

The Yamaha CRW2100ix follows the tradition of it's brothers 2100S and 2100E and goes pretty well in the SecuROM tests. It reads it with incredible fast speed and comes first when we tested the backup CD (it worked fine).

Verdict of CloneCD Tests:
The Yamaha CRW2100ix is a very good reader. As in the CRW2100S and CRW2100E case, its very fast. In the case of secuROM is being left behind on the original but tops on the backup performance. It showed a slow performance with LaserLock protected CDs, but in the original CD reading, turned out to have the best time (most drives read these cds very slowly anyway). Last the drive reads SubChannel data pretty fast.

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