Whispering chorus

Asus has introduced the ASUS QuieTrack Optical Drive Series, its next generation of quiet, high performance drives.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  January 12, 2004

As the name suggests, the drives are designed to provide a quiet, distraction-free environment. The first two models of the series are the CD-S520/A4 52X CD-ROM and CRW-5232AS CD-RW. ASUS claims that they are the world's quietest optical drives operating at 39dB while competing products remain at approximately 50dB. This development could prove particularly important in relation to the current trend for convergence. The rise of multimedia and entertainment applications has moved PCs into the living room. PCs now include functions such as Dolby Digital surround sounds, optical fibre output, wireless networking and advanced video performance, turning them into the centerpiece of home entertainment. Unfortunately, increased functionality and performance also comes with the baggage of loud system noise. ASUS has always worked very hard in developing noise-reduction technologies and its efforts have entered the optical drive sector. The QuieTrack range incorporates what Asus claims are three advanced features. Airflow Field Modification (AFFM) is designed to change the uneven airflow field inside the drive because even pressure distribution leads to quieter and more stable operation. Noise and vibration are two major headaches users encounter when using a high-speed drive. Double Dynamic Suspension System II (DDSSII) is a cutting-edge technology designed to minimise vibration caused by spindle motors, components and PC cases. DDSSII stabilises the pick-up head, both horizontally and vertically, achieving more precise tracking while reducing vibration and noise caused by high-revolution motors. The third technique deployed is Smart Speed. This innovation intelligently adjusts reading speeds according to different applications, providing quieter operation when speed demand is low and lengthening the lifecycle of your drive.

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