CRX 210E1 IDE CD-R/RW - Page
the latest optical storage news from Sony could make some of us believe that
the company is more interested in the development of the DVD devices, the competition
still demands new solutions for the CD recording. The 48X CAV recording strategy
is currently supported by Plextor, Yamaha, ASUS, Cyberdrive and many more manufacturers.
The new Sony CRX-210A is a 48/12/48 IDE recorder and is definitely an alternative
solution for all users who intend to replace their old recorder with a faster
- 48X Reading / Writing speed Speed
By default, Sony CRX-210A supports the 40X maximum reading / writing
speed. In order to increase this speed to 48X CAV, user should enable the "Turbo
Boost" function, by pressing the eject button for 5 seconds. Sony notes
that in rare occasions, some discs may not be able to tolerate the 48X speed,
with a possibility to break. It is recommended not to use the 48X speed for
reading deeply scratched media. In addition, the "Turbo Boost" function
does not guarantee a 48X writing speed. Depending on the condition of the disc
you are using, this speed can be lower. Lastly, the feature does not increase
the read/write speed with CD-RW media.
is the anti-coaster technology that uses the Sony CRX210A, among with the 2MB
of cache buffer. Using Nero Info Tool software, we can see the drive's properties
/ main features.
As we have mentioned, the drive supports 40X read/write speeds
by default, which is increased to 48X CAV when the turbo mode is enabled. The
maximum rewriting speed is 12X CLV, and the supported transfer modes are the
PIO Mode 4 (16.7MB/sec) and Ultra DMA Mode 2 (33.3MB/sec). CD-ROM XA, Audio/Video
CD, CD Extra, Multisession and packetwriting are some of the main supported
modes. Nero infotool also reports that the drive is compatible to DAO, SAO,
TAO, RAW DAO 96 writing modes.
- The package
got a bare drive in our labs. The retail package the CRX-210A, an ATAPI cable,
a quick install guide, the Limited Warranty Card and mounting screws.
The attached software installation CD-ROM contains the B's Recorder Gold
software for your daily burning tasks and B's Clip software for packetwriting.
Sony offers an one year-warrantee for the candidate buyers.
On the front panel of the Sony CRX-210A you can see the "Sony",
"HS-RW" and the "48x/12x/48x" logos, printed on the tray.
The eject button, volume selector, and the headphone jack are also present,
as usual in the E-IDE models. The operation indicator (LED) is green, when reading
/writing in the default speeds and orange, if you have switched to the turbo
On the rear panel will find the power connector, the IDE cable
connector, jumpers for setting up the MASTER/SLAVE/CABLE select status and finally,
the analog/SPDIF connectors.
- Attached software
The software that comes with the retail package is the B's Recorder Gold and
the B's Clip for packet writing. The attached CD-ROM gives the following info:
installed the B's Recorder Gold and selected the Sony drive. The software gives
all the necessary options for your burnings.
Sony CRX-210A was installed as a Master in the primary IDE BUS. The drive
worked in UDMA-33 mode. After booting, it identified itself as a "SONY
CRX210E1 ". We used Nero v184.108.40.206, CloneCD v220.127.116.11 and Ahead InCD
v3.37.1 for the recording tests.
The firmware version installed was v.2YS1. Nero Burning Rom reports that
the drive also supports the "SmartBurn" feature, for accurate burnings
to various media. When you un-tick the "SmartBurn" box, a warning
message comes up with information about the usability of this option. In short
words, you can write every media at 48X when "SmartBurn" is disabled!