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Tuesday, April 13, 2004
Teac DV-W58G-A

1. Package - Installation

TEAC DV-W58G-A - Page 1

After the DV-W58G, TEAC decided to rise up the recording speed for the -R format due to the large competition, released its DV-W58G-A drive, supporting 8x for both +R and -R format and 4x for the RW. The drive is also a fast CD-R writer with the maximum writing speed of 40x. The full specifications for the DV-W58G-A drive are presented in the following table.

- Specifications

Buffer Size
Disc Diameter
Write Speed
8x-40x(Partial CAV)
10x-24x(Partial CAV)
Read Speed
DVD-ROM ( single layer )
DVD-ROM ( dual layer)
CD-ROM / Finalized CD-R Data CD-DAE / Video CD
Finalized CD-RW
Data Transfer Rate
Programmed I/O
16.6MB/s max.
Burst DMA
16.6MB/s max.
Burst UDMA
33.3MB/s max.
Disc rotation speed
8200rpm approx. (40x CAV, CD-ROM)
Applicable discs

CD-ROM, CD-ROM-XA, CD-DA, Video-CD, Photo CD,

CD-Extra, CD Plus, CD-Text, CD-R, CD-RW

Random Access Time
[DVD] 160ms Random stroke [CD] 160ms Random stroke
Ambient Temperature

Operating: 5 - 45oC

Non-Operating: -40 - 60oC

Relative Humidity

Operating: 15- 80% (non-condencation)

Non-Operating: 15 - 95% (non-condencation)

Power Requirements
+5V, +12V
70,000POH ( duty 25%)
148.4W X 42.2H X 170D ( mm )
Mass ( Weight )
0.9Kg or less typ.


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

The TEAC DV-W58G-A 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, IDE and analog audio cables.

Packaged software includes Nero Burning Rom software along with a blank TEAC DVD+RW 4x media.





- The drive

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.

- Installation

The TEAC drive was connected to our test PC and was identified as "TEAC DV-W58G-A" under WinXP. All tests were performed with firmware v.U4S2.

The following pages include test results for TEAC drive in comparison with two other dual 8x DVD burners, Nec ND-2500A and Pioneer DVR-107D.

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