52X IDE CD-RW Recorder Roundup - Page 3
- Teac CD-W552E
third drive in this 52X roundup comes from Teac. The CD-W552E supports 52X CAV
CD-R reading/writing and 24X US-RW writing speed. Below are the official specifications:
The drive supports Buffer Underun protection and the data buffer size is 2MB.
The maximum audio extraction speed is set to 52X, and Mount Rainier format is
included. The firmware version installed in the Teac drive is v1.05:
The drive also supports all the usual writing /reading modes and can also retrieve
C2 error information. The following pictures show the available reading/writing
The TEAC CD-W552E lowers its maximum writing speed according to the inserted
media as the following pictures show:
- Recording Technology
The drive supports the 52X recording speed with the use of CAV recording technology.
As Nero CD Speed graph shows, the drive starts writing at 24.30X and accelerates
to 554.63X by the end of the disc. That gives an average theoretical writing
speed of 41.39X with 80min CD-R media. The performance is the highest
we had for the 52X CAV writing but we will make safer conclusions in the writing
- NeroCDSpeed writing test at 48X
- NeroCDSpeed writing test at 40X
As you can see from the graphs, the Teac CD-W552E supports the P-CAV technology
for the 48X and 40X writing.
- The package
European retail package contains the CD-W552E, a Teac CD-ROM with manuals, drives
and photos of various Teac products, Roxios Easy CD Creator 5 for audio
and data recording, MusicMatch Jukebox for MP3 ripping and burning and PhotoImpression
for digital image editing. The package does not include any CD-R or US-RW media.
The drive is priced around 100 Euro and has a 2-year warranty.
- Looking at the drive
On the front panel of the drive there are the built-in headphone jack, the
volume control knob, the power eject/load button and the LED indicators. the
"Teac" and 52X writer" logos are stamped on the disc tray.
On the rear panel of the drive you will find the IDE connector, the configuration
jumpers, the analogue and the digital audio output connectors and of course
the power connector.
- Inside the drive
After removing the bottom screws we can see the internal of the drive. Note
that by doing this the warranty becomes invalid. The drive uses Mediatek chipsets
as well as the Mitsumi drive we saw previously, with however a different board
The Teac drive was installed as a Master device in the secondary IDE channel
of our test PC, and worked at Ultra DMA mode. After booting, it identified itself
as a "TEAC CD-W552E". Again Nero doesn't report the correct
Buffer underrun protection (BURN-Proof is a trademark of SANYO) and the correct
would be "SuperLink".