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Friday, February 27, 2004
Teac DV-W58G

1. Package - Installation

TEAC DV-W58G - Page 1

After the TEAC DV-W50D, TEAC has taken the next major step up and released its DV-W58G drive, supporting 8x for the +R format and 4x for the -R format. In addition to RW DVD media the drive supports 4x +RW and 2x -RW media. The drive is also a fast CD-R writer with a maximum writing speed of 40x. The full specifications for the TEAC DV-W58G drive are presented in the following table.

- Specifications

Buffer Size
Disc Diameter
Write Speed DVD-R 4x(CLV)
DVD+R 8x(Zone CLV)
CD-R 40x(Partial CAV)
Low speed CD-RW 4x(CLV)
High speed CD-RW 10x(CLV)
Ultra speed CD-RW 24x(Partial CAV)
Read Speed
DVD-ROM ( single layer ) 12x(CAV)
DVD-ROM ( dual layer) 8x(CAV)
CD-ROM / Finalized CD-R Data CD-DAE / Video CD 40x(CAV)
Finalized CD-RW 32x(CAV)
DVD-ROM(single/dual layer) 4x(CAV)
Video CD 10x(CAV)
CD-DA 10x(CAV)
Data Transfer Rate Sustained 4.6MB/s avg. 6.0MB/s max.
Programmed I/O 16.6MB/s max.
Multi-word DMA 16.6MB/s max.
Ultra DMA 33.3MB/s max.
Disc Format Read capability Write capability
[ DVD ]
DVD+R Yes Yes
DVD+RW Yes Yes
DVD-R Yes Yes
DVD-RW Yes Yes
DVD-Video Yes Yes
DVD-Audio Yes (as data read) Yes (as data write)
[ CD ]
CD-DA Yes Yes
CD-ROM Yes Yes
CD-I Yes Yes
Mixed mode CD-ROM Yes Yes
Photo CD Yes Yes
CD Extra Yes Yes
Video CD Yes Yes
Random Access Time
[DVD] 160ms Random average
[CD] 150ms Random average
Ambient Temperature Operating: 5 - 45oC
Non-Operating: -20 - 60oC
Relative Humidity Operating: 20- 80% (non-condensing)
Non-Operating: 10 - 80% (non-condensing)

Operating: 1.96m/s2 (0.2G) (5 - 500Hz, 1oct/min)

Non-Operating: 14.7m/s2 (1.5G) (10 - 500Hz, 1oct/min)


Operating: 19.6m/s2 (2G) (half-sine wave 11ms)

Non-Operating: 490m/s2 (50G) (half-sine wave 11ms)

Power Requirements DC+5V 5% , DC+12V 10%
MTBF 60,000POH ( at normal temperature and humidity ; duty read 20% write 2%)
Dimensions 148.4W X 42.8H X 170D ( mm )
Mass ( Weight ) 0.9Kg or less typ.

The drive uses 2MB buffer memory. RAW DAO 96 writing (CD) is supported, whereas Mount Rainier is not.

The TEAC DV-W58G uses the RPC II region control, allowing a user to change the drive's region at most 5 times. For our tests, we set the region code to 2 (Europe).

- Retail package

The retail package includes the warranty, a multi language printed user manual, mounting screws and an analog audio cable.

Packaged software includes NeroBurning Rom software along with a blank TEAC DVD-R 4x disc.


- The drive

The drive's front panel is bone color, and on the loading tray are the CD-RW logo , the +RW and -RW logos and the TEAC logo (colored blue). Also on the front panel are the eject button, the activity led indicator, volume control, emergency hole and a headphone jack.

On the rear panel there are the analogue and digital audio outputs (SPDIF), the IDE connector and the power input.

Removing the screws and opening the drive's cover voids the drive's warranty. For reference reasons, we post the following pictures. Notice that this time, unlike to the previous DV-W50D model (4/4 DVD±R, Pioneer reference design), TEAC chose the MediaTEK chipset for this model.

Click for Higher Resolution!

- Installation

The TEAC drive was connected to our test PC and was identified as "TEAC DV-W58G" under WinXP. All tests were done with firmware v.H4S2

The following pages include test results for TEAC drive in comparison with two other dual DVD burners, the Sony DRU-530A and the Pacific Digital 8xDVD.

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