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CDR-W33
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CDR-W66
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Sony Electronics is unveiling its first two CD recorders for pro audio applications here in Los Angeles at the Audio Engineering Society convention.

The CDR-W66 model is designed for mid-to high-end recording studios and broadcast production (television and radio); the CDR-W33 model targets more cost-conscious users, offering many of the capabilities of its higher-priced sibling.

“Both CD recorders incorporate several unique features,” said Courtney Spencer, vice president for professional audio products at Sony Electronics’ Broadcast and Professional Company. “These include selectable DSP functions like Parametric EQ, Limiter & SBM .(Super Bit Mapping .), and high-quality 24-bit AD/DA conversion.”

Physically similar and sharing many of the same features, both the innovative CDR-W66 and the CDR-W33 offer CD TEXT™ support, which allows disc/track names to be displayed and entered from the front panel AMS controller, the supplied remote control or an optional PC keyboard. Remote transport control can also be accessed via Control-S or a PC-compatible keyboard. In addition, the new CD recorders include a wireless/wired remote unit.

The CDR-W33 also incorporates:

  • 32kHz-48kHz built-in sampling rate converter;
  • CD-R and CD-RN recording media support;
  • FL display;
  • I/Os equipped with Coaxial Digital, Optical Digital, Analog Unbalanced phone jack; and
  • 2U rack mountable size in EIA.

In addition to functions found on the CDR-W33, the CDR-W66 offers:

  • Word Clock interface;
  • 32kHz-96kHz sample rate converter range;
  • AES EBU digital I/O, balanced XLR analog I/O;
  • RS-232C and parallel (GPI) control ports;
  • 2X speed duplication link for dubbing audio titles (using 2 CDR-W66 units); and
  • DSP functions available on digital inputs as well as analog.
The CDR-W66 will be available in January 2001 at a price still to be determined: the CDR-W33 will be available in early October for a suggested list price of $799.
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