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Generic [MIRAI Retail kit] SANYO CRD-BP4-M 16/10/40 BURN-proof SCSI-3 

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[similar/identical models: Nimichen/BrainWave CRD-BP4-N: Waitec "T-Rex": Iodata CDRW-SB1610B]

 

This is a back-to-front review designed for the impatient - follow links to details or get the full story by page-order - 

Summary: 

- for the Sanyo CDR-BP4-M firmware 4.31 - &  various IDE/ATAPI, Firewire, & USB models derived from this OEM mechanism: 

Writing: 

A first-rate 16x CLV DAO RAW [P-W subs/+96] burner. "BURN-proof" [generation 2] works as advertised. In essence, this burner faithfully writes any data you send it, at any of the specified speeds & modes. Does not handle EFM codes correctly for SafeDisc2 copying.

Reading: 

Data: a fair 14-34x Partial-CAV RAW [P-W subs/+96] reader, with satisfactory quality at moderate speed when using the few applications with full RAW+96 support to read backup copies of any data or game-disk with any of the common protections. DAE: Extracts at 23.5x from clean disks; moderate performance with scratched audio-disks; incomplete implementation of  C2-error-pointers reportage.   

Mechanical quality: 

Astonishingly quiet at all times; very low random access-time for a burner; exceptionally fast & accurate recognition of a CD's boot-sector when used as a boot-device; slow command-to-tray open. 

'BURN-proof' & compatibility: 

Misleadingly good recognition by recent application versions: many will write in all or most supported modes, few will read equally well, very few will read at high speeds [subject to change, likely for the better].

Kit as tested/Vendor: 

Fine value: usable software; includes good [Initio] Domex Ultra-SCSI PCI bootable host; excellent RTB carriage-paid warranty. 

"Generic" Firmware

Reliable [Sanyo, Mirai, & others] firmware update availability; shares moderately active firmware development with similar models; solid [Windows 9x & NTx] flashing utility.

Test-system & included SCSI-card specifications 

The present, future, competition, other opinions, & burningissues' verdict

 

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