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Product: CRW3200E-VK
Company: Yamaha
Website: http://www.yamaha-it.de
Estimated Street Price: $189
Review By: Julien Jay

Final Results and Overall Mark

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Technology, SafeBurn & Audio Master QR
3: CD-RW Track Edit Mode & Mount Rainier
4: Performance, DAE & Burning
5: Nero 5.5
6: NeroMIX & InCD 3.0
7: Conclusion

Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for the Yamaha CRW-3200E-VK burner.

 

 

 

Final Comments

How It Grades
  Installation: 95%
Performance: 85%
Audio Quality: 90%
Features: 90%
Compatibility
(with CD-R & RW): 90%

Reliability:
90%
Ease of use: 80%
Design: 85%
Bundled Software: 90%
Price: 80%
Overall: 87.5%
 

Yamaha’s latest burner is revolutionary and surprising at many levels due to the exclusive features it offers. The Audio Master technology, the Mount Rainier support, the CD-RW track editing mode combined with the SafeBurn technology and fast DAE mode, turns the CRW3200 into the most complete, state-of-the-art and feature rich burner on the market.  

Audio lovers will soon found themselves addicted to the impressive and unique Audio Master and CD-RW track editing features which are only available on Yamaha burners. The Mount-Rainier format support is original and very helpful even if its inclusion can seem a bit premature since no operating systems natively support MRW yet. 

As usual, the CRW3200 is a reliable, solid, high quality and efficient burner that records CD in 24x using P-CAV instead of Z-CLV offering a serious alternative to Plextor or competing burners. This technological choice ensures the quality of the recorded data CDs since quality has always been the main focus for Yamaha. 

There are some things we do not like about the Yamaha CRW3200: the spin up time is too slow, while the recording speed is far behind the 32x which is achieved by the latest generation burners. All-in-all we highly recommend the CRW3200 which remains an excellent burner with high-end features packed with an awesome software suite.

 

 

Specs & Package
Overall Score 87.5%
Version Reviewed Yamaha CRW3200E-VK (with SCSI adapter)
Release Date Available Now!
In the Box 1 Yamaha CRW3200E-VK burner,
1 IDE cable with screws,
1 Users Guide,
1 Nero CD-Rom,
1 blank High Speed CD-RW & 1 blank CD-R.
The Good Points SafeBurn
Huge 8MB Buffer
AudioMaster
CD-RW Track Edit Mode
Mount Rainier Support
Good performance
Excellent DAE performance
12x CD-RW formatting
Neat design
Outstanding Software Bundle
The Bad Points A bit slow compared to the recently launched 32x burners,
InCD doesn't support MountRainier under Windows XP,
CD-RW Track Editing Mode is a bit constraining
Reviewers PC Setup

Pentium 4 2.2 GHz
Asus P4TE Motherboard
Windows XP Professional
512 MB PC800 RDRAM
DirectX 8.1
19" Sony CPD-E400 Trinitron Monitor
Hercules 3D Prophet III Titanium 500
Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum
Adaptec 19160
Adaptec USB2Connect 3100LP

DVD Pioneer 106s (16/40x)

Olitec USB ADSL V92 Ready Modem

PC Required

Minimum System Requirements

Pentium II 300MHz (or higher processor)
64MB of RAM
Microsoft® Windows®  98/98SE, Windows Millennium, Windows 2000 or Windows XP Home/Pro
60MB of hard disk space
 

 

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