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HHB Launches The Ultimate Professional Audio CD Recorder [ 123rd AES Convention ]

United States
English
FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER 2007 — Drawing on its unparalleled expertise in CD-R technology, HHB Communications has developed what could well be the world’s most advanced professional audio CD recorder, the CDR882 DualBurn.

Unveilled for the first time anywhere in the world at AES, the HHB CDR882 DualBurn is compatible with all types of CD-R media both low and high speed up to 52X, including HHB’s own new CDR80HS 2X-52X disc. With genuine REC-REC drive configuration, the CDR882 resolves the inherent limitations of previous generation CD recorders by supporting seamless extended recording time across two or more discs, as well as simultaneous recording of two discs, high-speed duplication and intelligent disc management.

The CDR882 is designed from the ground up for high-end performance in a range of professional music recording and digital media applications. Full 24-bit A/D and D/A converters with noise-shaped dither onto CD combine with a high-quality quartz crystal-derived internal clock and audiophile-grade analogue circuitry to deliver superior sonic performance.

Build quality is similarly uncompromised, with the CDR882 weighing in at 6.7kg / 14.7lbs. Unlike adapted consumer devices, the CDR882 uses high quality IDE CD-R drives mounted in a massive steel 2U rack-mounting chassis to ensure reliable, glitch-free recording, even in unfavourable environments such as live concerts.

Comprehensive professional connectivity includes balanced XLR analogue I/O, unbalanced phono analogue I/O, balanced XLR AES/EBU digital I/O, coaxial and optical S/PDIF digital I/O, external word clock input, RS232 remote control and parallel control interface. An on-board sample rate converter accepts digital signals from 32-96kHz, and the CDR882 ships with an infra-red remote control.

A full complement of professional features equips the CDR882 for a wide variety of tasks. Track IDs may be manually created, or auto-generated from the digital input, audio level threshold or time period, both of which are user definable. When recording seamlessly across two or more discs, track IDs are inserted when the next disc starts, and where the user-definable fade out and fade in start and finish. With an overlap between the two discs, the whole program can either be played back uninterrupted in the CDR882, or easily reconstructed in a DAW using the track IDs to precisely align the audio from the two or more discs.

The CDR882 supports CD Text, and makes its own use of it to identify multi-disc recordings and the correct order.

The versatility of the CDR882 is enhanced further by the inclusion of Sync Record and Disc Copy modes, a Program mode to enable selective track record/replay, and Single/Clone modes to select recording to one or both drives.

Commenting on the launch of the CDR882, HHB Managing Director Ian Jones says, “With CD-R continuing to play an important role in all kinds of professional applications, we’ve used our experience in CD-R technology to build the ultimate CD recorder, providing users with advanced record and playback facilities, along with uncompromised sonic performance, high-end build-quality and comprehensive professional connectivity.”
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