According to the company, this portable unit is the first external recorder to rewrite CD-RW discs at 8x speed, doubling the current standard of 4x and cutting the required time to rewrite a CD-RW disc in half. In addition, the CRW8824FXZ allows users to rip audio CDs at 24x—up to three times faster than conventional CD-RW recorders currently in the marketplace. (Ripping is the process of converting CD music tracks to WAV and MP3 files for creating music CDs on a PC.)
According to the company, with the Fire-Wire interface, there’s no need to convert digital data into analog for better signal integrity. The CD-RW drive can be added to and removed from a system without powering down while the bus is still active. And, unlike the legacy serial interface, Fire--Wire supports free-form daisy chaining and branching for peer-to-peer implementations, allowing any two devices in the chain to transfer data to each other. FireWire also supports a tree (parallel) connection of devices. With its small, thin-serial cable, the unit replaces bulky, expensive interface cables required for SCSI or parallel connections.
The CRW8824FXZ is designed for both PC-compatible and Macintosh platforms. The external unit can be easily attached and detached, and may also be used with several computers in a work environment without installation difficulties.
According to the company, the CRW-8824FXZ uses high-performance 8x CD-R and CD-RW media for optimum recording. While blank 8x high-performance CD-R discs are widely available in the marketplace, Yamaha and other leading manufacturers have introduced a new breed of rewritable media, capable of reliable 8x rewriting at a cost only slightly higher than 4x-certified CD-RW media.
The external CRW8824FXZ joins the internal format ATAPI (E-IDE) CRW8824EZ and Ultra SCSI CRW8824SZ, and the external Ultra SCSI CRW8824SXZ as the fourth product in Yamaha’s new family of CRW8824 CD-RW Recorders.
The CRW8824FXZ CD-RW recorder is available to resellers through a variety of major computer distributors, and to consumers through mail-order catalogs, Internet resellers, and major computer retailers. In the U.S., the retail version is available directly from and only through Yamaha’s Consumer Products Division and includes a software bundle that features, among other things, Adaptec’s Easy CD Creator, Direct CD, and Toast.
Source: Yamaha Corp. of America, Buena Park, CA, 714/522-9011; http://www.yamaha.com.
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