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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
4x DVD±RW Roundup Vol.1 (Teac DV-W50D & Memorex Dual-X1)

1. Package, Installation - Teac DV-W50D

Teac DV-W50D and Memorex Dual-X1 - Page 1

 

- Teac DV-W50D

Teac's new DVD-Recorder is a multiformat drive supporting both DVD+R and DVD-R formats. The Teac DV-W50D takes the DVD writing to a new level by supporting maximum DVD+R and DVD-R writing speed at 4X. It also writes at 2.4X to DVD+RW and 2X to DVD-RW. Thus the new Teac DV-W50D plays DVD movies at the speed of 12X. The drive is capable of recording to CD-R media at 16X speed, rewriting to CD-RW media at 10X speed, combined with a higher read speed for CDs at 32X speed maximum. The TEAC DVD±RW drive utilizes an IDE/ATAPI interface for easy integration and upgrades.

- Drive features
Write Speeds
DVD
DVD+R: 4X CLV
DVD+RW: 2.4X CLV
DVD-R: 4X CLV
DVD-RW: 2X CLV
CD
CD-R: 16X CLV
CD-RW: 10X CLV (High Speed)
Read Speeds
DVD
DVD-ROM: 12X CAV
DVD-R/-RW: 6X CAV
DVD+R/+RW: 6X CAV
CD
32X CAV
Interface
IDE/ATAPI
Write Support
Track at Once, Disk at Once
Multi-Session and Incremental
EasyWrite (Mount Rainier) Supported
Read Support
DVD DVD-ROM(single/dual layer)
DVD+R,DVD+RW
DVD-R, DVD-RW
CD 8cm/12cm, Audio CD,CD-TEXT
CD-ROM Mode-1,Mode-2
(Form 1, Form 2)
CD-ROM XA, CD-R, CD-RW,
Video-CD, CD Extra/CD Plus,
CD-I, CD-DA, CD-ROM,
Write Verification
Optimum Power Control To Dynamically Adjust Laser Write Power
Access Time (Random Average)
DVD-ROM
160msec
CD-ROM
160msec
Data Buffer (size)
2Mbytes
Dimensions
5.83”(W) x 1.67”(H) x 7.78” (D)

Teac DV-W50D supports writing of all DVD-R/RW,DVD+R/RW and CD-R/RW media. The drive is using a 2MB data buffer to prevent buffer underun errors which may be occurred at the writing process.

Teac DV-W50D uses the RPC II region control allowing user to change the drive's region 5 times in total. For our tests, we set the region code to 2 (Europe).

The drive supports as a reader all CD and DVD recordable/rewritable discs except DVD-RAM and CD+G.

- The package

The European retail package includes the Teac DV-W50D drive, user's manual, safety notice, mounting screws, the usual internal audio cable and an IDE cable.

Thus it contains two blank discs, an 700MB Teac CD-R and a Teac DVD-R 4.7GB.

The package also includes softwares such as Intervideo WinDVD 4 for video playback, Pinnacle Studio V.8 for video editing /authoring and the most known Nero Burning Rom.

On the front panel of the drive there is the disc loading tray, the head phone jack and volume, the eject button, the emergency eject hole and the busy/write LED indicator. On the loading disc tray you can see the DVD-ROM logo in the middle of the tray and on the right side the ultra speed and RE-writable logos while the TEAC logo is placed on the left side of the tray.

On the rear panel there are the analog and digital output (SPDIF), the IDE connector, the device jumper configuration and the power input.

After removing the screws and taking off the top of the drive voids the drive's warranty. We make the attempt just for reference reasons. You can enlarge the image by clicking on it.

The main chipset belongs to the same series with this one of the Pioneer DVR-A06 DVD± RW recorder.

- Installation

The Teac drive was connected on IDE 1 of our test PC as "Master" and worked in Ultra DMA Mode 2 transfer mode.

The drive was identified as "TEAC DV-W50D" under WinXP.To make the reading/writing tests we used the firmware version 1.05.




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