Yamaha today introduced the newest additional to the LightSpeed2 family of CD-RW products, the CRW2200SZ. The new drive features a dual interface giving the consumer the choice of using either an E-IDE (ATAPI) or SCSI interface.
The CRW2200SZ can record CD-R’s at 20X, writing a full CD in under four minutes; rewriting CD-RW discs at 10X; and reading CDs at a sustained maximum rate of 40X. If you’re a music lover, the CRW2200SZ can rip audio CDs at a maximum speed of 40X-up to 66 percent faster than conventional CD-RW recorders currently in the marketplace — allowing digital audio extraction of a 74-minute audio disc in less than three minutes, according to Yamaha.
Yamaha also provides a SCSI converter that attaches to the default E-IDE interface and converts it to an Ultra SCSI (SCSI-3) interface, if desired. The package includes E-IDE and SCSI cables.
Like other members of the CRW2200 LightSpeed2 family, the CRW2200SZ also takes advantage of the Partial Constant Angular Velocity (P-CAV) technology, a combination of CAV and standard Constant Linear Velocity (CLV) technology. The CAV recording method keeps the disc rotation speed constant while adjusting the data transfer rate depending upon which portion of the disc is being recorded.
The CRW2200SZ is currently shipping for an estimated street price of US$299.99. The drive comes with a software suite for both Mac and Windows computers.