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Tuesday, February 19, 2002
Yamaha CRW2200E CD-RW

4. RW reading tests

Yamaha CRW2200E IDE CDR-W - Page 4

RW reading tests

- CD Speed 99 HS-RW tests: (click here for the CD Speed 99 graph)

For the RW tests we used the TDK HS-RW media written at 10x speed. The Yamaha 2200E performed very well and could possibly had the first place if the drive didn't lower its reading speed after 65minutes (check the graph). Anyway the winner in this test is Ricoh MP7200A with the blazing speed of 31.69x. The Plextor and Sanyo drive have only 32x reading speed with HS-RW media and lagged behind with 25x:

CloneCD Tests

- Procedure:
We used CloneCD (v3.0.0.17) and 5 original CDs - Euro 2000 (SafeDisc 1), No One Lives For Ever (SafeDisc 2), Rally Masters (LaserLock 1), Desperados (LaserLock 2) and V-Rally 2 Expert (SecuROM 2) - in order to test the reading time of Yamaha CRW2200E. We also tested the reading performance with backups of the original CDs, since the reading speed varies between original and backup media. For comparison reasons we added the results of the already tested PleXWriter PX-W1610A, Sanyo CRD-BP1500P and Ricoh MP7200A. The following picture shows the Yamaha's CRW2200E reading/writing capabilities (after our little tweak - since CloneCD's default report is that the drive doesn't support DAO-RAW):

- SafeDisc 1/2 Results:

The Yamaha CRW2200E performs quite well and follows the leader PleXWriter PX-W1610A. The problem is that with CDR media the drive reports more read errors than the real existing ones. That slows down the reading process and of course gives much higher reading time.

The Yamaha CRW2200E gave back a rather slow reading speed , compared to the strong competition from the PleXWriter. The drive again in the CDR backup media reports more errors...

LaserLock 1/2 Results:

In the LaserLock protected CDs test, the Yamaha drive had an average performance with the original CD and the second best performance behind the PleXWriter PX-W1610A.

Here is a test where the Yamaha CRW2200E performed quite good. The drive reads the original CD quite faster than the Sanyo/Plextor drives, which need almost 2hours to complete the image (!), but takes the second time again behind Ricoh's drive. With the backup CDR media, the drive reached high reading speeds, but again reported more bad sectors than the existing real ones...

SecuROM Results:

The Yamaha CRW2200E does support reading SubChannel from Data/Audio Tracks and reads them quite fast! The Ricoh 7200A seems that is faster and takes the first place

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