Mitsumi CR-480ATE

Mitsumi Europe

Positive Points:

  • Supports 32x Z-CLV writing
  • Supports 12x CLV re-writing
  • Supports ‘Mount Rainier’ format
  • Huge 16MB buffer
  • ExacLink Anti-Coaster Technology
  • Good read performance with data discs
  • Good write performance
  • Good DAE quality
  • Excellent seek-times
  • Excellent DAE speeds
  • Excellent read speed with CD-RW discs (up to 40x!)
  • Excellent read speeds with copy-protected discs (using CloneCD)
  • Supports UDMA 33
  • Supports DAO-RAW writing
  • Supports overburning (up to 99 minutes!)
  • Supports writing of CD-Text
  • Supports reading and writing of full SubChannel Data
  • Supports CloneCD’s ‘Amplify Weak Sectors’ option

Negative Points:

  • ‘Correct EFM Encoding’ not supported
  • Rather picky with used media (stick to certified 32x CD-R’s)
  • Couldn’t write at 20x

Well as you might have guessed we simply love the Mitsumi CR-480ATE. It supports all major features and then some. You
name it and the Mitsumi can do it; overburning, RAW writing, CD-Text, SubChannel Data, DAE, CD-RW, etc, etc, etc… It’s too
bad the drive didn’t support ‘Correct EFM Encoding’ which is needed to back-up SafeDisc 2 but luckily it did work with
CloneCD’s ‘Amplify Weak Sectors’ option.

Overall we give the Mitsumi a 9 out of 10 score. It didn’t get a 10 out of 10 because it’s rather picky with used
media but that’s about all we can think of. Like said before during the review:

Two thumbs up for the Mitsumi!

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