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1. Yamaha MCX-1000 MusicCAST Digital
$749.00
2. YAMAHA CDRHD1300 CD Recorder with
$599.99
3. Yamaha MCX-A10 MusicCAST Digital
$103.99 list($399.99)
4. Yamaha CRW70 Spyder 12x8x24 External
5. Yamaha 8x4x24 External SCSI CDRW
list($449.99)
6. Yamaha CRW6416SXZ 6x4x16x CD-RW
list($279.99)
7. Yamaha CRW2200EZ 20x10x40 CD-RW
list($309.99)
8. Yamaha CRW3200UxZ 24x10x40 External
list($249.99)
9. Yamaha CRW-F1ZE 44x24x44Internal
list($399.99)
10. Yamaha CRW3200SXZ 24x10x40 SCSI
11. Yamaha CRW4416S Internal SCSI
list($379.00)
12. Yamaha CRW2200UXZ 20X10X40 USB
13. Yamaha Business Edition 24x10x40x
list($309.99)
14. Yamaha CRW-F1ZUX 44x24x44 External
list($429.99)
15. Yamaha CRW2100SXZ 16x10x40 External
16. Yamaha CRW-F1ZS 44x24x44 Internal
list($195.00)
17. Yamaha CRW6416SX External SCSI
list($499.99)
18. Yamaha CDRHD1000 CD Recorder with
list($139.99)
19. Yamaha CRW-F1ZEN 44x24x44 Internal
list($379.99)
20. Yamaha CRW-F1ZDX 44x24x44 External

1. Yamaha MCX-1000 MusicCAST Digital Audio Server
list price: $2,200.00
our price: $2,200.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000C6J5Q
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 33492
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

It sounds like a dream of the future: all the music in your household stored efficiently on a central server and then called, as desired, to individual rooms through elegant--and completely independent--microsystems. Yamaha's MusicCAST system makes that dream a reality, and the MCX-1000 digital audio server is the foundation of the MusicCAST system.



Learn about the MusicCAST system in detail
The MCX-1000 stores music and broadcasts it wirelessly to one or more specially designed microsystem receiver in your house. Each receiver system (or "client") consists of the Yamaha MCX-A10 digital audio terminal coupled with any pair of stereo loudspeakers, or Yamaha's matching, stylish MCX-SP10. Using a multiclient system, all members of a home can store their music in a central location, create playlists, custom CDs, and digital sound files from vintage vinyl records, and wirelessly transmit them anywhere in the house.

Capable of storing around 1,000 CDs (using MP3 compression at a very listenable 160 kbps), the MCX-1000's self-contained 80 GB hard drive provides instant access to a vast array of your favorite music. The server's bits are yours to configure: save your music in CD-quality linear PCM digital audio (it'll hold an impressive 133 hours of CD-quality audio) or convert it internally to MP3 at rates of 160, 256, or 320 kbps. The server has its own disc drive--which records CDs as well as playing them--and analog and digital external audio inputs in case you want to load material from LPs, cassettes, or other sources.



The MCX-1000 features a user friendly interface.
Equipped with IEEE 802.11b network technology, the MCX-1000 can serve up to five clients wirelessly, and wired Ethernet connections can extended client range as well as number. The server can send music to eight different locations including the server's, letting you use up to seven independent MCX-A10 terminals with one MCX-1000. Each client terminal comes with a graphical user interface and its own remote control, with which you can build custom playlists for artist, occasion, or anything else you can think of.

The versatile built-in CD recorder lets you save your music to the server at lightning-fast speeds, create your own CD compilations, or simply play your collections of MP3 CDs. The device supports multiple bit rates in addition to variable-bit-rate (VBR) MP3 files.

Storing from CD to the hard drive is easy and fully automated. Once a disc is loaded, a music-recognition database provided by Gracenote CDDB will bring up all the information associated with that disc, such as artist, album, track names, and even musical genre. Press "start" and the server will add the album to the library with nothing left for you to do but sit back and enjoy it. With Internet access (via an optional broadband router), the system is designed to let you obtain the latest CD recognition data from a Gracenote CDDB Server.

Hook up your broadband connection with the built-in Ethernet port. Display the server's onscreen menu on a TV or monitor with S-video or composite inputs.
What's in the Box
MusicCAST server, remote control, two AA batteries, a stereo analog-audio interconnect, an optical digital-audio interconnect, a composite-video cable, a MusicCAST system quick manual (covering system integration), and a full MCX-1000 user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • 80 GB server supports wireless music transmission to anywhere in the home
  • Communicates with MCX-A10 digital audio clients
  • Functions as high-quality CD recorder with CD-R/RW compatibility
  • CD-MP3 playback for high-quality music compilations
  • Built-in CD recognition database and easy-to-use graphical interface

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Another TIVO
I can't say enough about this product. I liken this to the enthusiasm most have with Tivo. I bought it last summer when it first shipped. My first one did have a hard drive problem after a couple of days but Yamaha was incredibly responsive and shipped me a brand new one overnight. I was actually very surprised at how easy it was to "get going"....less than 15 minutes including loading my first CD to the hard drive.
Using it is also so straightforward that my kids were able to use it after only a couple of minutes of coaching...they all have their own playlists now which they just love. I actually moved out of my house for a remodel project and set it up in the temporary housing without incident. Also I've gone through one product firmware upgrade and the addition of one "client" also without incident. I have two "clients" in the house and they kids love the ability to play their playlists at the same time in two different rooms.
A couple of things to note...you really need a TV monitor hooked to the server to effectively navigate the menus to do anything more than "play" or "record" (which most people will likely do anyway). Also be aware of the "recording" and "burning" rules/constraints before buying so your expectations are set appropriately if you like to "burn" playlists to CD's for use on portable devices.

5-0 out of 5 stars very nice product
I bought one of the MusicCast systems as soon as it was available (after drooling over it at a couple of trade shows). The first thing I did was upgrade the harddrive to 200GB. Required a trip by my dealer to my house, but it gave me much more capacity. The interface is very intuitive. It's very fast at copying from cd to the internal disk. In the background, it converts from PCM to whatever MP3 compression level you've set for default (I always use 320KB). You can remove the PCM version to save space (I keep it for critical listening stuff, but my wife doesn't care, so her PCM's are deleted immediately :-) I have a couple of the MCX-A10 terminals scattered around the house. I've had them connect through ethernet and wireless and seems to work fine for both. Yamaha just released a software update that allows access to the MusicCast database through a web browser. This makes it very easy to fix titles, artists, etc. (You can plug a keyboard into the MusicCast, but it requires powering down which is too much trouble for me). I have to say that the most annoying thing about the MusicCast is the GraceNote CDDB database. Yamaha's implementation is great. The CDDB database is a mess. Album titles are inconistent, misspelled, etc. That's why having the browser editing is such a big deal to me. The best endorsement I can give is that my wife really likes the MusicCast. She was sceptical, but after seeing how it works and being able to browse her music, she's sold. Highly recommended for anyone who just wants to be able to enjoy their music without having to deal with PC's. ... Read more


2. YAMAHA CDRHD1300 CD Recorder with 80GB Hard Disc Drive

(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002DAB36
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
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Features

  • Hard disc capacity can hold up to 120 complete CDs, or 120 hours of audio.
  • Fast 8x Write speed from hard drive to CD-R
  • 4x Write speed from hard drive to CD-RW media
  • Audio Master Quality Recording mode
  • 24-bit DAC & ADC

3. Yamaha MCX-A10 MusicCAST Digital Audio Terminal
list price: $599.99
our price: $599.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000C7LA1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 21653
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Amazon.com Product Description

Designed for use expressly with Yamaha's MCX-1000 80 GB MusicCAST digital-audio server, the MCX-A10 MusicCAST digital-audio terminal (or "client") is a wireless or wired receiver/amplifier for the music broadcast from the central server. You can use up to seven clients per server to enjoy music in every room of your house, and the MCX-A10 offers a strong 17 watts per channel (x 2) through clip-type speaker


Learn about the MusicCAST system in detail
terminals for powering nearly any loudspeakers, including Yamaha's matching MCX-SP10.

You can think of the MusicCAST system as a digital jukebox for every room in your home. The MCX-A10 provides instant access to the massive library of songs (in MP3 or linear PCM) you've stored on the MCX-1000 server. With your client, you can easily create playlists to complement special occasions or gatherings, or simply enjoy selections from your entire CD collection at random, all without having to leave the room--or even cross the room--to select the music.

The MCX-A10's efficient graphical user interface and slender remote control put the ability to organize and browse your collection right at your fingertips. You'll even enjoy visual access to all server features through an onscreen display (when connected to a local TV).

Connections include one each stereo analog (left/right) audio input and output and a dedicated subwoofer output in case you want to enhance the system's low-end output with a powered sub.

The client features speaker and line outputs, a LAN connection for optional wired communication with the MusicCAST server, and video outputs for displaying the onscreen menus on a TV or monitor.
What's in the Box
Digital audio terminal, remote control, remote battery, a stereo analog-audio interconnect, a monaural subwoofer interconnect, a composite-video cable, an AC adapter, a power cord, a stand, and a user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Digital audio client supports wireless music transmission to anywhere in the home. Can use with MCX-SP10 MusicCast Speakers (optional) and MCX-1000 MusicCast Digital Audio Server
  • Communicates with IEEE802.11b music servers (Use with Yamaha MCX-1000 MusicCast Digital Audio Server)
  • Built-in hi-fi digital amplifier supports multitude of speaker configurations (Can use with Yamaha MCX-SP10 MusicCast Speakers)
  • Onscreen video out, line-out audio output, subwoofer output, and audio input
  • Includes LAN connection

4. Yamaha CRW70 Spyder 12x8x24 External USB 2.0 CD-RW Drive and MP3 Player
list price: $399.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005YVKW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 19482
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 12x write speed, 8x rewrite speed, 24x read speed
  • A built-in MP3 decoder, plays back MP3 songs (up to 300 titles per disk) just like a regular CD player
  • SafeBurn buffer management system eliminates buffer underruns and lets you multitask
  • Store data and graphics to free up limited, expensive hard disk space
  • Plug and Play installation on any PC or Macintosh with a USB 1.1 or USB 2.0 interface port

Reviews (8)

4-0 out of 5 stars not bad...not bad
So, I bought this for my lap top, and not knowing much about burners I kind of had to guess which to get.

Let's start with the bad then end of with the good:
1. Yamaha never sent me the rebate that was advertised with the burner. So, it makes this burner a little more pricey than others
2. The burning software is a little bit buggy and often does an illegal operation and shuts down. however, it hasn't really affected it too much because it usually does the error when you are shutting it down anyway.
3. I often lose sound on my regular cd drive when playing discs and on the hard drive when playing music. but that could be my own computer's fault.
4. I bought the drive thinking i could use it with headphones since it's portable. well, you need an outlet to get power, so it's not something you can use to run off of batteries. I also thought it could store MP3's, which it doesn't, but that's pretty much my own ignorance when it comes to these things.

Ok, so the good things:

1. it was really easy to install
2. it records music very quickly
3. the sound quality is good
4. you can plug it into a receiver and play CD's that way without having to buy a separate cd player for your stereo.

well, anyway, I hope this helps!

4-0 out of 5 stars Make sure you have usb 2.0 for 24x speed, or it will be 6x !
A wonderful cool looking device that immediately worked under Linux. Only problem: Most computers (such as my notebook purchased last year) do not have a usb 2.0 port. The drive also works with the old usb 1.1, but will only run at a speed of 6x instead of 24x.

So you will have to buy a usb 2.0 port card in addition to this drive. Apart from that it would be 5 out of 5 stars:

The buffer-underrun-protection works wonderfully, and that it can play mp3 cds without the computer being connected is just another plus.

Linux 2.4.19 will have usb 2.0 drivers included, they are already in the 2.4.19pre3 code.

Michael
PS: Windows XP worked also, but Linux is just better ;-)

4-0 out of 5 stars I'd buy it immediately IF
they trim/slim considerably that brick the R&D Yamaha people call a power supply!
What were they thinking?

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid, convenient, winXP compatible, & advanced features
I've been using the product for six weeks and I have been very happy with it, even though I normally buy nothing but Plextors. I have winXP on my hp notebook, and after plugging the drive in to the usb port using the included high-quality cable, the drive was recognized and installed immediately.

Audio burning allows cd-text, overburning (necessary for using 90 minute cdr's), and other features only found on high end burners, but extremely useful.

I was pleased to find an enclosed card for a mail-in free pci usb 2.0 card (faster than firewire) or a discounted pcmcia usb 2.0 card (with 4 ports!). The requirements are technically different from the mail-in rebate, so you apparently don't have to choose between the two. Unfortunately, though a UPC "photocopy" is listed as acceptable for the mail-in rebate, I received a postcard that my rebate had been rejected because an "original" barcode was not sent to them. So in reality you have to choose between the usb 2.0 card and the rebate, due to false advertising.

So far, I've had no bad burns or dae flaws.

The bundled Nero software is good for advanced hobbyists but impossibly complicated for newbies. Nero is fully XP compatible, and it is the only major burning software suite to support overburning for 90 minute cdrs. But it has a complicated, unintuitive interface. If you do NOT use winXP, and you've never done cd burning before, you're better off buying a retail version of Roxio Easy Cd Creator to go with the Spyder. (Free bundled versions of Easy Cd Creator lack the jewel case cover creator anyway, so it's just as well Yamaha went with Nero.)
The ac adaptor is rather large for carrying around, so this isn't everyday portable, but it's portable enough for me to stick into USB ports on my family's computers and back up their date conveniently for them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Spyder an awesome drive
The Spyder is a truly awesome drive. It is pretty much compatible with almost anything and every type of computer. The Spyder is very small, and can burn CD's in 6 minutes. It also comes with great software, and it's so easy that you'll be up and ready to burn CDs in about 5 minutes. Give the Spyder a shot! ... Read more


5. Yamaha 8x4x24 External SCSI CDRW Drive

Asin: B00004RDNQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 29964
Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Yamaha 8x4x24 External SCSI CDRW Drive allows you to store data and graphics files with floppy disk ease onto removable media to free up limited and expensive hard disk space. Recording on CDs enables you to save photos and videos for instant access/playback and record your original music or favorite compilations on audio CDs for friends. The Yamaha 8x4x24 Internal IDE CDRW Drive also makes it easy to back up and archive information for instant access by anyone with a CD-ROM drive.

The Yamaha 8x4x24 External SCSI CDRW Drive's 8x write speed allows you to record a 74-minute CD in just 9 minutes--fast enough to meet the tightest deadlines. You can record, erase, and record again up to 999 times. The 24x read speed is fast enough to eliminate the need for additional CD-ROM drives. With up to 4 MB of buffer memory, Yamaha CD-RW drives save you time, wasted media, and aggravation. ... Read more

Features

  • External CD-RW drive with SCSI-3 (Ultra SCSI) interface for Macs and PCs
  • Archive files and save videos, music, and photos with ease
  • 24x read, 8x write, 4x rewrite speeds
  • 4 MB buffer
  • Maximum data transfer rate of 3,600 KBps

Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars great and reliable product
have had this for over 3 years now.
use it in office for burning data as well as audio cds.
has worked well from day one, no problems in installing
or using it.
a big two thumbs up. great quality product, burns cds at great
speeds, and "coaster" rate of around 1 cd in 100 !

5-0 out of 5 stars fast, reliable burns
Yamaha has one of the best reputations for making SCSI CDRW's. I've had my 8424 CDRW for about 6 months now and it has always performed reliably. At 8x, 650MB CD's can be burned within 9 minutes, which is fast enough for all my needs. You can find faster CDRW's out there (Yamaha makes a 16x one), but consider the price difference and the few minutes you would save per CD.

I needed an external unit because I am using this device with a Apple laptop. It is very easy to use. The unit came with Adaptec Toast 4 (light version) software, which can burn both data and music and is user-friendly. I wish the Toast software were the deluxe version, which has more capabilities (like recording in a PC-compatible format). Maybe Adaptec did not want that (most CDRW brands only include the light version).

It also included Neato CD-labeling kit, which is very useful for printing out and applying labels/designs on the CD's. This is a valuable addition.

The external case is well-built, pleasant-looking, and reasonably quiet. It does have two fans to cool the CD mechanism inside, but this produces just as much sound as most fans inside the computers the unit would attach to. One important thing to note is that this CDRW does not come with a SCSI cable or adapter, you'll have to purchase one separately. Make sure you find the right one for your computer, since there are many shapes of SCSI ports.

5-0 out of 5 stars Problem Free QUALITY......
This product is the best investment for my computer to date. Installation is a snap, literally; just plug the SCSI card into an empty PCI port, connect the cable to the Yamaha CDRW & boot up your system. It's that simple. The drive is extremely FAST and it performs flawlessly. It also comes with a generous 4mb buffer that you can update at the Yamaha web site. The software is by far the best on the market, allowing you to create your own music CD's or back up your entire hard drive, just drag and drop or select the folder and click add. Extremely easy to operate, not one problem yet. Highly Recommend!

5-0 out of 5 stars FASTEST BURNER I HAVE EVER SEEN
THIS BURNER MADE BY YAMAHA IS THE MOST AMAZING BURNER I HAVE EVER USED. THE SPEEDS ARE MAGNIFICENT AND IT IS A GREAT LOOKING PIECE OF EQUIPMENT. I HAVE OWNED SEVERAL DIFFERANT BURNERS AND THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST ONE YET. THE REBATE IS ALSO GREAT WHICH HELPS MAKE THIS BURNER AFFORDABLE.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yamaha Drive Quality
The Yamaha and RICOH CDR/CDRW drives are among the best there are in consumer CD-media recorders. Besides the superiority of the legendary SCSI transfer quality, you get a drive that performs flawlessly, a generous buffer of 4MB and some of the best recording software available. ... Read more


6. Yamaha CRW6416SXZ 6x4x16x CD-RW Drive (PC/Mac)
list price: $449.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00001WRS3
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 36957
Average Customer Review: 3.29 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 16x read speed
  • Flash ROM
  • Rapidlinked packet writing
  • 2 MB buffer
  • Backup/archive

Reviews (7)

2-0 out of 5 stars SLOW CD-Rw Drive
This drive was exceptionaly slow, it also had poor re-write quality, and was a hassle to install.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helpin out the Rankin
I have this drive in the external scsi version and it is great. I make fast burns with never a problem. I have friends who have cheaper burners who sometimes get bad burns for no reason...

1-0 out of 5 stars Good & bad!
This is SCSI RW drive. Will burn 650M in less than 10 min. Great for servers with SCSI drives to daisy chain.

Bought this drive. Worked for 3 months. It was great for first 3 months. Broke on the 4th month. Contacted Yamaha. After numourous run around, gave me non-working number for RMA #. When it works, it's great. Their service/support people suck! Once it breaks, you're on your own. But if it doesn't break, you're blessed with fortune.

Just my experience, your mileage may vary.

5-0 out of 5 stars Second Yamaha recorder and love it!
After 2years with my previous Yamaha drive and quite happy with it I was determined to find a newer faster Yamaha. The main reason for me sticking with the Yamaha brand was the Yamaha customer service. During the initial installation of my 1st drive I found them to invaluable. I didn't have any trouble with this drive at all. I will say that the increased speed I picked up on my new drive was money well spent , especially considering I payed more for a slower drive that was not rewritable 2 years ago. I know there are less expensive drives on the market but nothing is worth the fustration of poor or no service department. That has been the main reason I shop at amazon.com! Thanks

4-0 out of 5 stars Happy Customer
I just installed an internal version of the 6416S in an old Macintosh 7500. And it works great. So far. I also use a program from optimatech.com that doubles the capacity of the CDR & CDRW disks to 1.2GB. Great for backups of large data. ... Read more


7. Yamaha CRW2200EZ 20x10x40 CD-RW Drive
list price: $279.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005LP3I
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 19269
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Delivers 40x read speed, 20x write speed, and 10x rewrite speed
  • Record a 74-minute audio CD in under 4 minutes
  • Requires no additional time to control the rotation speed of its motor
  • Removes buffer underrun with SafeBurn System
  • 8 MB buffer

Reviews (12)

5-0 out of 5 stars A 10-Star Product!
The most difficult/challenging part of installing this drive was getting the cover on my tower (IBM Aptiva) to securely close afterward.

Great instructions and flawless install. Just read over the instructions and lay out in front of/around you what you'll need (the washers and screws that come with the burner, as well as a Phillips screwdriver), and you'll install it in no time.

I've wanted CD-RW for some time, but had some *very* bad luck with USB burners about a year and a half ago (three locked up my computer or just didn't function, and I got a nasty virus from updating the drivers of one), so I was a bit wary. Fortunately, the CRW2200EZ works like a charm from the get-go.

Within ten minutes of completing the installation, I burned my first full music CD -- and did so in what seemed like warp speed.

The Nero software was a bit tricky at first (and the directions that were so helpful with the installation were a bit "fuzzy" on using Nero), but now that I got it down, it's SO easy.

So far, I've only burned two coasters and both were my fault -- and here's how to avoid the same fault:

*Make sure that the burn speed is not faster than the blank can handle. IOW, I wasted the two CDs by trying to burn at 16x on blanks that were labeled as 12x max.* Buy blanks that can handle high speeds and watch that the speed you select for burning isn't higher than that.

5-0 out of 5 stars Top-notch Product!
This drive is excellent. You can rip a full length CD in about 5 minutes. The software package it comes with is great (Nero is far better than the Adaptec software most companies ship with). The overburn technology really works--I have yet to mess up a disc due to buffer underrun. Installation was a snap--Yamaha includes the cables you need, it runs under all popular operating systems. I don't have one bad thing to say about this drive; If I had to buy another one today, I wouldn't hesitate to buy another Yamaha. Highly recommended.

1-0 out of 5 stars Chinesse made Drive on a Japanesse Box!
I thought I was getting a quality product but after installed it made a rumbling noise. Call Yamaha and said it was defective, sent me a replacement; it worked fine for a week then it just Quit!
Yamaha CS refused to replace the second one. Even though they sent it directly!
Most upset, bought and HP cd burner and have not had a problem yet.
It was true what my frinds said, go with proven quality even if you pay a bit more.

4-0 out of 5 stars Yamaha CRW2200EZ - Solid and reliable CD audio/data RW
After performing a moderate amount of research on CD Writers, the information I obtained pointed favorably in the direction of the Yamaha CRW2200EZ...True to the literature, the unit was easy to install (though I have do have some limited experience adding hardware to my aging Gateway 300). Though initially I experinced several computer freezes(probably because of my Gateway), I overcame these problems. The "Nero" audio software is great for CDR's. It is relatively easy to use and includes the ability to construct semi pro looking CD labels. I found the ability to transfer my business data files from my old computer to new one worked well using the Nero data transfer Wizard. However, while the "IN CD" software for drag & drop data transfer on to CDRW's appears to work, it will only transfer the data copied on the CDRW discs to computers which recognize this ("IN CD") software. My experience has shown that Windows XP does not as yet recognize the "IN CD" software. While "Reader" software is apparently available to overcome this problem, my experience with the offerings from the Nero web site (Tech downloads) as of early March 2002 failed to alleviate this problem. Presumably one must continue to check for "Updates". That problem aside, I recommend the Yamaha. By the way --- Tech support timely returned my weekend call with helpful advice. Yamaha missed 5 stars due to the "IN CD" software incompatibility with Windows XP. Other than that, a solid performer!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Burner
I got this burner for Christmas, I used to have a 4x/2x/24x and this is like a dream. =) It runs perfect and the buffer underrun protecion is extremely useful. I recomment this burner to everyone. ... Read more


8. Yamaha CRW3200UxZ 24x10x40 External USB 2.0 CD-RW Drive
list price: $309.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005V63D
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 29945
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 40x read speed, 24x write speed
  • Create your own audio CDs
  • Copy files to CD-R/RW with drag-and-drop ease
  • Rewrite to a single disc up to 999 times at 10x speeds
  • Supports USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 compatible)

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Selection for those new to CD-RW
The tool kit of software provided with the drive as well as the simple but fairly complete getting started guide make this a great choice for people just getting into creating their own audio CDs. It worked right out of the box for me with a Windows XP Home edition system and USB 1.1 ports. I am looking at getting a USB 2.0 PCS card and a hub to provide for all the devices that seem to be springing up on my computer.

Installation was easy. The software went in without a problem. From opening the box to having the first disc complete was less then three hours (and that included a lunch break)!

5-0 out of 5 stars Yamaha CRW3200UXZ
This is a great drive with a huge buffer 8 MB, which means you will never suffer from buffer underburn with unusable CD. It is so reliable. I have purchased this one only to replace my old reliable 4x Yamaha External SCSI writer that I have had for over 3 years. It was still working but too slow. This drive works perfect for me.

Only caveat, you need to make sure your USB port is USB2.0. Otherwise, you will only get 4x write speed with older USB1.x.

1-0 out of 5 stars Yahama CD RW
This unit is very noisy. For the price of the unit, one would think they could have paid a little more attention to user comfort. The performance is not what I thought it should be. having a 20x4x4x in my laptop which is almost as fast as the Yahama. I would advise to shop around before purchasing this one. ... Read more


9. Yamaha CRW-F1ZE 44x24x44Internal EIDE CD-RW Drive (White)
list price: $249.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006HYSF
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 15320
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Designed for uncompromising individuals willing to pay a few extra dollars for state-of-the-art performance, Yamaha's amazing new CRW-F1 CD-R/RW drive is quite simply one of the slickest internal CD burners currently on the market.

Apart from its striking blue/pink LED that changes color and blinks or glows steadily depending on the unit's operational mode, the CRW-F1 looks no different than any other internal CD drive. Inside, however, Yamaha's top-of-the-line burner packs a serious punch. Rated at 44x write, 24x rewrite, and 44x read, it posts sizzling numbers across the board, and especially during CD rewrites, where it outperforms virtually all its peers.

Yet the CRW-F1 is no mere speed demon. The unit features a variety of convenient amenities, including the latest edition of Yamaha's buffer underrun prevention utility, SafeBurn. We tested the system long and hard and not once created a useless CD "coaster." Of greater interest to those who regularly access and modify their data rewrites is the enclosed version of Ahead Software's packet-writing tool InCD, which now includes full Mt. Rainier support. By accessing InCD, you can format your CD-RWs and thereafter treat them as you would a regular diskette or hard drive--transferring, deleting, copying, and reading files and directories quickly and easily through Windows Explorer or any other file browser.

Two of the CRW-F1's most intriguing perks are geared strictly to the audio enthusiast. The first and arguably most innovative is Yamaha's new DiscT@2 system, which allows users to burn laser images directly onto the surface of their CDs. A futuristic alternative to traditional labeling, DiscT@2 delivers crisp, impressively professional images that unfortunately tend to be quite faint and can be etched only upon the unused portion of the disc. The second, Yamaha's advanced Audio Master Quality Recording (AMQR) system, burns larger "pits" and "lands" into the disc surface, theoretically resulting in a better-sounding, more durable CD. In our listening tests, we noticed slightly superior dynamics in the AMQR-recorded CD, but only by the slimmest of margins. In any case, we appreciate any technology that will extend the life of our discs. --Gordon Goble

Pros:

  • Etches custom-designed laser images directly onto CD surface
  • AMQR recording mode offers theoretically superior audio CDs
  • Includes the latest version of Nero InCD
  • Integrated Mt. Rainier support offers diskette-like CD-RW operation
Cons:
  • More expensive than most internal CD burners
  • DiscT@2 images are quite faint
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Features

  • Delivers 44x read speed, 44x write speed, and 24x rewrite speed
  • Records audio and data at the same, fast speed
  • Record a 74-minute audio CD in under 3 minutes
  • Unique DiscT@2 system burns graphics and text on any CD, eliminating the need for labels
  • Record studio-quality audio and data with Yamaha's exclusive Advanced Audio Master recording system

Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars This is an *awesome* piece of hardware!
I was in the market for a new CD-R/RW drive, and read some articles about Yamaha's latest "hot" drive. I was a little apprehensive about the higher-than-average price, but the reviews I read were so enthusiastic that I decided to give it a try.

To begin, Yamaha's documentation and installation materials are excellent! Other companies should take lessons from them. Physical installation was no different from any other CD-R/RW, and was accomplished without incident in about five minutes. Installation of accompanying software (the current, full version of Nero Burning ROM, and some drive-specific tools) was similarly quick and easy.

The drive's performance is truly stunning, especially upgrading from an older, slower drive. Yamaha chose to "top out" CD-R read & write speed at 44x -- an odd number, since most other drives either go 40x or 48x. Yamaha's explanation is that they chose to "split the difference" and certify at 44x -- but, in reality, burn speeds are often above 44x (as high as 52x, in my experience with the drive). Caution: if you're going to burn at higher speeds, use *quality* media; the cheap generic "bulk" brands may say 40x or 48x capable, but that's not been my experience. Burning a full 80-minute disc at 44x takes about 2.5-3 minutes (not including lead-in and lead-out).

Just as impressive is the CD-RW speed, certified at 24x. Remember the days of 1x (or even 4x) drag & write to CR-RW, where you drop the files and then go have lunch while the drive writes your data? No more: the 24x is no exaggeration, and file writing is as fast (or faster) than to a floppy drive.

Now, to one of the cooler features of the drive (and the one that'll make you slap your forehead and wonder "Why didn't *I* invent that?"), is Yamaha's proprietary (but probably-soon-to-be-licensed) Disc T@2 (pronounced "tattoo") technology. To summarize, Yamaha has partnered with Nero to integrate a feature into the software that allows you to burn text and graphics into the unused outer area of a finalized CD. Yamaha's claim is that their laser control technology is engineered to be so accurate as to make this possible -- "standard" CD-Rs wouldn't have the accuracy or power/speed control to reliably burn bitmapped images with sharpness and clarity. Well, however they do it, they *do* it, and it's incredibly cool! Since the available area to "T@2" depends on the amount of data burned on the disc, you may not always get to be as artistic as you'd like; however, even with just a narrow strip of unburned media, you can burn the disc title and some pertinent data around the edge. This feature is really great, though, for such things as "gift" or "memento" CDs, where you burn a smaller photo album or video to disc and then burn a message or image to make it more special for the recipient. A word of caution though: different CDs use different types of dyes in the media layer. Silver CDs are basically useless for T@2. Gold, light green, and light blue are OK, and give a watermark or hologram-like effect. Darker blue (azo) media offers the most posibilities, and allows more detail and contrast in text, and especialy images.

If you want a *fast* drive (and especially if you use CD-RW a lot), the Yamaha is fast. If you hate CD stick-on labels, and like to be an "early adopter" of technology, you'll appreciate the Disc T@2 functionality. And if you're concerned about quality (and who isn't?), Yamaha's reputation is excellent. I highly recommend this drive.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unusually persistent "Wow" factor
To complain about the burned images that this drive can produce is like complaining that your Ferrari's sunroof opens a little too slow :-)

This drive's "Wow" factor will not wear out anytime soon. To geeks, it's incredible that this drive has finally made a consumer priced laser etching system! And to everyone, these images look sweet! If you view the T@2's like a Hologram (like the one on your Visa/Mastercard) you can see them just fine. Yamaha has rated the image quality at 250dpi, which for comparison sake is 3 times sharper than any image you find on the web. The images are faint, but not too faint, and it's totally worth the cost, in my opinion.

The best way to get the sharpest image is to use a CD with Azo dye (the data side looks blue). Yamaha sells these kind of CD's, again at a little higher price.

Even without the special features, this drive would be a winner. So for a few more dollars out of your pocket, you get all these incredible features, plus an unbeatable CD-RW drive.

Also look on Amazon for the Black colored drive, Yamaha CRW-F1ZEN. It's the same drive, it's just black to match black computers.

4-0 out of 5 stars A decent CD Burner
Compared to my first CD burner this is a tremendous upgrade. While I haven't cranked out dozens of cd's, I like it's speed and reliability. I had to send it in for repair 3 months after receiving it, apparently the laser was faulty. Yamaha's tech support was helpful and fairly prompt. The next problem came shortly after the repair when I wanted to compile an audio disk. My computer kept crashing. Everthing else about the CD burner seemed to work fine. Obviously there was some sort of software incompatability. Long story made short, load the software onto your C: drive, don't use a secondary drive. The problem isn't so much with Nero Burning ROM as it is with a Windows driver that gets confused. Now I have the software on the C: drive, but I configured the cache memory on my slave drive to take advantage of it's greater speed and volume. Throughout, tech support was helpful on the phone and through email. Kudos to "Ron" at Yamaha.

2-0 out of 5 stars Great Product, Poor Customer Service
I bought this drive a little bit less than a year ago. At first, it worked fine and I would've written a raving review just like all the other ones you read here.

About 4 months ago, the burner started acting up. The verification process showed errors after the burn and soon I couldn't burn any more. Blue screen of death whenever I burned a CD. You can imagine the rest.

I contacted Yamaha's customer support for support. Well, that's what they are there for, right? In total I contacted them 16 times. Everytime I contacted them, I had to explain to them again and again what the problem was. Clearly that never heard of Ticket or Issue #'s. The result was that the same suggestions were made to me on every call or email. Although under warranty they refused to give me an RMA until I have tried their suggestions again.

Unfortunately, some of the support personal wasn't much of help. 3 of them realized that they weren't able to help me and decided just to hang up. In the hope that I won't call back??? Indeed, I stopped bugging them and bought a Mitsumi, which is faster and costs only half of what you have to fork over for this drive.

In short, great product as long as it works. Don't count on Yamaha support to assist you.

I hope sharing my experience will help you. Good Luck!

5-0 out of 5 stars At first leary, but won over quick
I bought this drive after two previous purchases left me high and dry. I don't know how many drives realistically implement the "underrun protection" feature, but I can honestly say that using it has saved me many dollars in unwasted media. I was so pleased that I bought a second one. ... Read more


10. Yamaha CRW3200SXZ 24x10x40 SCSI CD-RW Drive
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B00005Y3V3
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 38956
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Features

  • External SCCI CD-RW drive
  • 40x read speed, 24x write speed
  • Copy files to CD-R/RW with drag-and-drop ease
  • Write a full CD in 3 minutes
  • Exclusive Blue Ice LED

11. Yamaha CRW4416S Internal SCSI 4x CDR/CD-RW Drive

Asin: B00005QXZT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 56296
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12. Yamaha CRW2200UXZ 20X10X40 USB 2.0 CD-RW Drive
list price: $379.00
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Asin: B00005ULPW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 36735
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Features

  • Delivers 40x read speed, 20x write speed, and 10x rewrite speed
  • Record a 74-minute audio CD in under 4 minutes
  • Requires no additional time to control the rotation speed of its motor
  • Removes buffer underrun with SafeBurn System
  • 8 MB buffer

13. Yamaha Business Edition 24x10x40x LightSpeed CD-RW Drive

Asin: B00006IFOX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
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14. Yamaha CRW-F1ZUX 44x24x44 External USB 2.0 CD-RW Drive
list price: $309.99
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Asin: B00006HYJU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 18862
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Yamaha's revolutionary CRW-F1UX allows you to record a full CD in underthree minutes and burn your own text or graphics onto the disc at the same time. TheYamaha CRW-F1ZUX provides super-fast 24x CD-RW rewriting and an advanced audio-data quality recording system to create studio-quality audio CDs.

Yamaha's exclusive DiscT@2 system burns graphics and text onto any CD,eliminating the need for labels. A futuristic alternative to traditionallabeling, DiscT@2 delivers crisp, impressively professional images that areetched onto the unused portion of the disc.

Rated at 44x write, 24x rewrite, and 44x read, this driveposts sizzling numbers across the board--especially during CD rewrites, where itoutperforms virtually all its peers. ... Read more

Features

  • External USB 2.0 drive that delivers 44x read speed, 44x write speed, and 24x rewrite speed
  • Records audio and data at the same, fast speed
  • Record a 74-minute audio CD in under 3 minutes
  • Unique DiscT@2 system burns graphics and text on any CD, eliminating the need for labels
  • Record studio-quality audio and data with Yamaha's exclusive Advanced Audio Master recording system

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars Comment: Yamaha CRW-F1ZUX Review
Seems unfair to offer a review of a USB 2.0 peripheral based on the lack of a USB 2.0 port on the computer with which it is used. Any USB 2.0 peripheral is easily accommodated on most non-USB 2.0-ported computers with the purchase of an accessory (and easily-installed) USB 2.0 PCI card at about forty or fifty bucks to provide the purported 40 times faster USB 2.0 advantage over USB 1.1 (the reason for choosing USB 2.0 in the first place).
I've used NERO for about six months with no problems; it's a well-designed piece of burn software with good support. My use makes no complaint with its dedication to a single CD-RW/CPU combination. For those with multiple hookups the NERO stand-alone (undedicated) program is available via 'net and local retailers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Invincible: The Zeus of CD burners
I can't vouch for those who have complications with this burner due to hardware or software conflicts, but with my Toshiba notebook running on Win98 SE, the burner burns like a sleek assassin churning out razorsharp steel like it's running from god. Quiet, efficient, flawless, as far as I can tell, everything is what I hoped for in this product. It's as if Yamaha and Nero just decided to give the consumer everything with no strings attached. For beginners (as I was before I researched), the burner will write CD-R at 8x (actually 6x) with USB 1.1 (the standard) and up to 44x with USB 2.0 (if you have 44x CD-Rs; if not 16x). Purchase a separate USB 2.0 Cardbus PC card for your notebook, but make sure you have 32-bit cardbus compatibility on your computer.

By the way, the DiscT@2 isn't solid. It really depends on your CD-Rs, I think. I can barely read the burned print on my CD-R. No big deal, though. Nice extra.

1-0 out of 5 stars drive doesn't work Yamaha doesn't want to help
Hi,
I did extensive research and found this drive to fit my needs. I sometimes burn CDs for firends and having a picture on it, well Disk T@2 would be something cool.

Anyway, I have the following symptoms with the drive:
* Plays audio CDs but sounds awkward, but if I play the same audio CD on my DVD drive it sounds fine
* It takes significantly more processing power to rip audio CDs to MP3 compared to the DVD drive.
* Disk T@2 doesn't work. Nero says it successfully burned an image, but nothing is on the CD-R
* Haven't been able to burn a CD without errors; for example, if I
burn a Audio CD, one track is always replaced with a silent track.

I first went to Yamaha's WebSite for support, only to find out that it is frequently down. (It appears that they have fixed that by now.) The Website couldn't help me with my problems, so I contacted Yamaha's Support Center. The first time I called, it took them 9 minutes, until anyone answered the phone. The person was unwilling to help me - in fact, he didn't even wanted to know what the problem is and hanged up on me. First I thought, we may have been disconnected and called again. The same thing happened again.

I believe that Yamaha's engineers did a fine product, but don't count on Yamaha's support to assist you.

Buy at your own risk!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars bad as in bad disc t@2 graphics
very dissapointed with the disc t@2 graphics hardly visible graphics...

4-0 out of 5 stars Fast and Fairly Reliable
We use the Yamaha CRW to back up data files and since it's installation, it's been running about 10 hours a day. We have found it to be an excellent unit, despite the extremely heavy use it's been subjected to. After initial tests, I quit using it at its maximum copy speed - I was getting too many copy errors and dead discs. But if you take it down a couple of notches, it's still very fast and much more reliable.

The drive is easy to install and use. The software is intuitive and quick to learn. Very good value. ... Read more


15. Yamaha CRW2100SXZ 16x10x40 External SCSI CDRW Kit
list price: $429.99
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Asin: B00005ASFM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 37326
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Burner!
This is one of the best external cd-rw drives you can buy. If you need to add on to your existing PC or Mac. It burns fast and can also serve as an extra CD drive. Because it's a scsi connection, it's just as fast as an internal drive.

4-0 out of 5 stars Yamaha CRW2100SXZ
I just purchased the Yamaha CRW2100SXZ. At first the price seemed a little steep but it was well worth it. It is the fastest external burner u can buy. It burns fast and is very easy to install. I highly recomened it for everyone who is looking for a burner for a laptop since its very easy to fit into a backpack. ... Read more


16. Yamaha CRW-F1ZS 44x24x44 Internal SCSI CD-RW Drive

Asin: B00006HYJX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 40173
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Features

  • SafeBurn Buffer Protection
  • 44xWrite/24xReWrite/44xRead
  • Internal, SCSI-3, 8MB buffer

17. Yamaha CRW6416SX External SCSI 6 X 4 X 16 Reader
list price: $195.00
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Asin: B00004Y57K
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 43695
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the best!
The CRW4416SXZ is the answer to your data storage, back-up and transfer needs. No other storage medium is so cost-effective. No other medium can be read by 200 million computers world wide. And no other medium lets you record music and play it back on your stereo or in your car. Yamaha sets the standard for CD-ReWritable (CD-RW) drives.Yamaha quality, reliability, speed, features, bundled software and reputation are just a few of the resons why. The included software for PC: Easy-CD Creator, DirectCD, Adobe Photo Deluxe BE, Adobe Page Mill 3.0; Macintosh: Adaptec Toast, Adobe Photo Deluxe 2.0, Adobe PageMill 2.0. ... Read more


18. Yamaha CDRHD1000 CD Recorder with Hard-Disc Drive
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B00006J09I
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 32980
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Features

  • CD recorder with 20 GB hard disk space; records up to 30 CDs
  • 10x from CD to hard disk, 8x from hard disk to CD-R, 4x from hard disk to CD-RW
  • Records in both analog and digital directly to hard disk
  • Linear PCM recording with 24-bit A/D and D/A converters
  • Optical and coaxial digital inputs, analog input, and headphone output

19. Yamaha CRW-F1ZEN 44x24x44 Internal EIDE CD-RW Drive (Black)
list price: $139.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006HYJH
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 24033
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Delivers 44x read speed, 44x write speed, and 24x rewrite speed
  • Records audio and data at the same, fast speed
  • Record a 74-minute audio CD in under 3 minutes
  • nique DiscT@2 system burns graphics and text on any CD, eliminating the need for labels
  • ecord studio-quality audio and data with Yamaha's exclusive Advanced Audio Master recording system

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars great product
Great CD-RW Drive, fast and relatively quiet...and that cool blue light

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellence and a great value!!!
It DOES do everything it claims and then some! This burner will NOT make coasters out of your disk and with blue and purple l.e.d.s it is definitely a welcome change to the sea of green lights that cover my desk. The disk T@2 DOES work fine and is a pretty cool holigraphic type effect on the record side of the disk. It comes with a slew of software, the Nero alone is worth $50. You just CANNOT go wrong with this recorder, it is excellent ...! I am completely satisfied with mine and recommend it to EVERYONE who wants the best. ...

5-0 out of 5 stars You won't find a cooler CDRW drive
To complain about the burned images that this drive can produce is like complaining that your Ferrari's sunroof opens a little too slow :-)

This drive's "Wow" factor will not wear out anytime soon. To geeks, it's incredible that this drive has finally made a consumer priced laser etching system! And to everyone else, these images look sweet! If you look at a T@2'ed image as if it were a Hologram (like the one on your Visa/Mastercard) you can see it just fine. Yamaha has rated the image quality at 250dpi, which for comparison sake is 3 times sharper than any image you find on the web. The images are faint, but not too faint, and it's totally worth the added cost, in my opinion.

The best way to get the sharpest image is to use a CD-R made with Azo dye (the data side looks metallic blue). Yamaha sells these kind of CD's, again at a little higher price than average CD-R discs.

Even without the special features, this drive would be a winner. So for a few more dollars out of your pocket, you get all these incredible features, plus an unbeatable CD-RW drive.

This model is black, but Amazon also carries the White colored version of the drive, the Yamaha CRW-F1ZE. ... Read more


20. Yamaha CRW-F1ZDX 44x24x44 External Firewire/USB 2.0 CD-RW Drive
list price: $379.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006HYSG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 27812
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Amazon.com Product Description

The sleek new Yamaha CRW-F1ZDX external CD-RW drive offers the ultimate performance in CD recording and features the exclusive DiscT@2 CD laser labeling system. It delivers ultrareliable and super-fast recording speeds, allowing you to burn a CD in less than three minutes.

The Yamaha CRW-F1ZDX external CD-RW drive features both FireWire and USB 2.0/1.1 functionality, and works with either a PC-compatible or Mac computer. Note that speeds will be slower when the drive is connected to a USB 1.1 port.

The CRW-F1ZDX comes with a one-year limited warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • 44x write, 24x rewrite, 44x read speeds
  • Records a full CD in 3 minutes
  • Yamaha Safeburn buffer management system for less errors
  • Advanced Audio Master Quality Recording System Full-CAV writing technology
  • Firewire and USB 2.0/1.1 interfaces (cables included)

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