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Wednesday, January 22, 2003
Primera Bravo Disc Publisher

1. Introduction



On September 3rd Primera technology announced the availability of "Bravo Disc Publisher", an automated CD/DVD duplication and printing system. Bravo is designed for hands-free, automated production of up to 25 CDs or DVDs per job. A robotic mechanism is used to transport discs into the built-in 40x CD recorder or an optional Pioneer combo DVD-R/CD recorder. After recording, discs are automatically transported to the integrated printer and printed in full color at up to 2400 dpi resolution.

Main specifications

Bravo combines automated robotic disc duplication and full-color printing in a compact, "all-in-one" desktop unit. Up to 25 discs per job are automatically produced. The available models are the CD Publisher for writing / printing on CD-R media and the DVD Publisher, for writing / printing on DVD-R discs respectively. The Bravo CD Publisher uses a built-in 40x CD-R/RW recorder from Teac, allowing users to write a full 650MB disc in less than 3 minutes. The DVD Publisher produces both DVD-R and CD-R recordings. The built-in drive comes from Pioneer, and supports both 2x DVD-R and 8x CD-R writing.

Bravo incorporates high-resolution ink-jet printing technology. You'll be able to produce graphics, photos and text with photo-realistic 2400 dpi print resolution (maximum). Using printable-surface media, Bravo prints directly onto the surface of discs.

Bravo produces not only standard 120mm CD's and DVD's, but also several of the most popular business card-shaped and mini-CD formats. However, an optional adapter kit is required in this case.

The attached CD/DVD burning software from Veritas allows virtually any digital information to be duplicated. SureThing CD Labeler First Edition software, is also included.

The detailed specifications are illustrated in the following table.

Disc Capacity
25 disc input/output or 50 discs in “kiosk”mode
Recording Speeds
CD-R: Up to 40x
DVD-R/CD-R: 2x/8x
Recordable Formats
CD: CD-R, CD-RW, CD-Audio (CD-DA),
Video-CD, MP3 to CD-Audio, most other
industry-standard CD formats
DVD: DVD-R,DVD-RW; other formats to be
added as they become standardized
Print Method
Print Resolutions
2400x1200 dpi, 1200x1200 dpi and 600x600 dpi
Maximum Print
4.724" (120mm)
Ink Cartridges
Dual CMY color and black monochrome
16.7 million and black monochrome
Color Matching
PrimaColor™ color matching software included
Label Software
SureThing CD Labeler First Edition
Media Types
Printable-surface CDs and DVDs
Operating Systems
Windows 2000 and XP
18 lbs. (8.2kg)

17.25"W x 7.25"H x 16"D(438mmW x 184mmH x 406mmD)

Control and printing - USB2.0
Image data - FireWire (IEEE1394)
Minimum System Requirements

Pentium III (or equivalent) at 450MHz or higher256MB RAM, an available PCI slot for the FireWire (IEEE-1394) adapter card or a built-in FireWire portAn available USB portNote: For the DVD-R model you must have Windows 2000 or XP with a NTFS drive partition. (This is required for being able to write files larger than 2GB.)


As we mentioned, Bravo CD/DVD Publishers include built-in either a CD-R or a DVD-R/CD-R recorder and an integrated 2400 dpi disc label printer, black and color ink cartridges, Prassi PrimoCD/DVD 2.0 for Windows 2000/XP, power supply, USB and FireWire (IEEE 1394) cables and instructions.

Installation requires an available FireWire (IEEE 1394) port or add-on board (sold separately) and an available USB port.

Except from the main device, the Publisher package includes all the essential accessories for the complete and hassle-free operation of the unit.
The accessories supplied are the following. (More information for the usability of each accessory is given later in this article):
o Gray Plastic Input and Output Bins
o Switching Power Supply with Power Cord
o One Three-Color (CMY) Ink Cartridge
o One Monochrome Black Ink Cartridge
o Quick Start Installer Disc (for use with both CD-R and DVD-R models)
o IEEE 1394 FireWire Cable (Black)
o USB Interface Cable (Biege)
o Warranty Card
o Operator's Manual, Quick Start Guide and other printed information


The Bravo CD Publisher package costs $1995.00 and the CD/DVD Publisher $2495.00. The price of the color and monochrome ink cartridges is $ 42.95 each.

Written by: A. Papantoniou

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