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The AOpen CD-952E/AKU Pro 52X CD-ROM Drive
Last updated: 5/31/00

BOTTOM LINE.  I have previously used and sold 32X, 36X, and 48X versions in the series and was very pleased with their reliability and performance.  I am not pleased with the "X" charade and the obvious misrepresentation that it makes to the end customer.  Many manufactures seem to be guilty of the Latest and Greatest phenomena.


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  • 52X-MTRP Speed - 7800KB/sec. Data Transfer Rate
  • Multi-Read Function: Can Read CD-RW Media Data
  • ATAPI IDE Interface
  • Complies with MPC 3
  • User-friendly Front Panel with Audio Play/Skip Track Control
  • Compatible with CD-DA, CD-ROM/XA, CD-I/MPEG, Photo CD, Karaoke CD, CD-Extra (CD+), I-TRAX CD, CD-RW, Packet write
  • Vertical Mount Applicable
  • High Speed Audio Playback
  • Ultra-DMA 33 Supported
  • Audio Extraction


  • Disk Data Capacity
    Mode 1: 656MB
    Mode 2: 748MB
  • Max Play Time
    74 Minutes and 42 Seconds
  • Data Transfer Rate
    Mode 1, Normal Speed 150 KB/s
    Mode 1, 52X-MTRP Speed 3900 KB/s ~ 7800 KB/s
    Mode 2, Normal Speed: 171 KB/s
    Mode 2, 52X-MTRP Speed 4446 KB/s ~ 8208 KB/s
  • Data Buffer Size
    128 Kbytes
  • MTBF
    100,000 POH (25% duty cycle at room temperature)
  • Disk Format
    CD-Audio, CD-ROM (Mode 1 and 2)
    CD-ROM/XA (Mode 2, Form 1 and Form 2)
    CD-I, Photo-CD (Single and Multiple Sessions)
    CD-EXTRA, I-TRAX CD, CD-RW, Packet Write
  • Disk Size
    3.15" (80mm) and 4.72" (120mm) discs
  • Interface
    E-IDE(Confirms to SFF8020 v1.2)
  • Audio Performance
    Sampling Frequency 44.1KHz
  • Audio Quantization
    16 bits
  • Power Requirement
    DC 5V+- 5%, DC 12V+- 5%
  • Mount Position
    Both Horizontal and Vertical
  • Temperature
    Operating: +5oC~ +45oC

    Non-operating: -20 oC~ +55oC
  • Dimensions
    5.87"(W) x 1.65"(H) x 7.74"(D)
  • Weight
    2.2 lbs.
  • Front Panel
    Load/Eject Button, Play/Skip Button, Power On/Busy LED,
    3.5 mm Stereo Headphone Jack, Rotary Volume Control Knob
  • Compliant Rear Panel Power Supply
    Connector, IDE Interface Connector,
    Analog Audio Output Connector (2 stereo channels for each output port), Master / Slave Jumper, Digital Audio Output Connector
  • EMI Requirement
    FCC-B, CE, C-tick
  • Safety Requirement
  • Typical Value
    MTRP-Maximum Transfer Rate Performance 10%

Test Computer: AMD 500 Mhz K6-2 processor, EpoX MVP3G2 motherboard, 1 MB cache', 64 MB, 8 ns PC100 memory, Western Digital 64AA, 6.4 GB, 9.5 ms, 5,400 RPM ATA/66 hard disk with a 2 GB partition wand FAT32 file system (defragged), Windows 98 OEM, Diamond V770 AGP display adapter with 32 MBytes.

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