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Yamaha Ships CD-RW Drive with Fastest Rewrite and Audio Ripping Speeds

- First CD-RW Recorder Featuring 24x Audio Ripping and 8x CD-RW Recording -

BUENA PARK, Calif., June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Yamaha Corporation of America is currently shipping the CRW8824EZ internal E-IDE (ATAPI) model ReWritable CD recorder. Designed as part of a new generation of high-speed CD recorders from Yamaha, CRW8824EZ is the world's first recorder to rewrite CD-RW discs at 8x speed, doubling the current standard of 4x and cutting the required time to rewrite a CD-RW disc in half. In addition to 8x rewrite capabilities, the CRW8824EZ lets users rip audio CDs at 24x, up to three times faster than conventional CD-RW recorders in the marketplace. Ripping is the process of converting CD music tracks to WAV and MP3 files for creating music CDs on a PC.

"Ripping audio CDs at 24x can save many hours of valuable time for users who convert audio files from CDs into MP3 or WAV files and vice versa," notes Henio Arcangeli, Jr., Vice President/General Manager, Consumer Products Division, Yamaha Corporation of America. "The CRW8824EZ can rip CDs faster than the fastest conventional CD-RW recorder in the market today, as well as standard CD-ROM and/or DVD-ROM drives."

The CRW8824EZ offers 140 ms average access time and a large 4 MB buffer memory, recording on CD-R discs at a top speed of 8x (writing a 650 MB CD in 9 minutes) and reading CDs at a sustained maximum rate of 24x. It is also the first CD-RW recorder to use Yamaha's patented PurePhase(TM) Laser System which eliminates the glare and reflections created on the surface of the disc while burning a CD.

The CRW8824EZ uses high-performance 8x CD-R and CD-RW media for optimum recording. While blank 8x high-performance CD-R discs are widely available in the marketplace, Yamaha and other leading manufacturers have just introduced a new breed of 8x rewritable media, capable of reliable 8x rewriting at a cost only slightly higher than quality 4x certified CD-RW media.

In July, CRW8824EZ will be joined by three other models from the CRW8824 family: the internal CRW8824SZ using Ultra SCSI (SCSI-3); the external CRW8824SXZ using Ultra SCSI (SCSI-3) interface; and the external CRW8824FXZ using IEEE 1394 FireWire(TM) technology, which provides easy installation, reliable performance and fast recording speeds.

Since the late 1980s, Yamaha has been the leader in CD-recorder development, producing high-performance recorders which are considered to be industry standards. The company introduced the first programmable CD-recording system in 1988, the first 2x speed CD recording system in 1990, the first 4x half-height CD-R drive in 1993, the first 4x speed writing CD ReWritable drive in 1997 and the first 4x speed rewriting CD-ReWritable drive in 1998.

The CRW8824EZ CD-RW recorder is available to resellers through a variety of major computer distributors, and to consumers through mail order catalogs, Internet resellers, and major computer retailers. In the United States, the retail version is available directly from and only through Yamaha's Consumer Products Division and includes a software bundle which features Adaptec class-leading Easy CD Creator(TM), Direct CD(TM) and Toast(TM), Adobe's ActiveShare(TM), PageMill(TM), Photo Deluxe Business Edition(TM), MusicMatch Jukebox(TM), plus the Neato(TM) CD Labeler Kit. The CRW8824EZ carries an estimated street price of $249.99.

For product and sales information, contact Yamaha's Consumer Products Division, 6600 Orangethorpe Avenue, Buena Park, CA 90620;; telephone 714-522-9011; fax 714-228-3913. Press contact: Giles Communications LLC, telephone 914-422-3800, ext. 132.

Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA), based in Buena Park, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha. YCA's Consumer Products Division markets and sells Yamaha-branded computer peripherals and music products. Products include: CD-ReWritable Recorders, Computer Speakers, Headphones, and other fine music products.

SOURCE: Yamaha Corporation of America

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