here are a few things to clear up the situation on the Philips CDD 2600
1. Reading Digital Audio:
It can perfectly read digital audio! You have to reduce the speed to 2x
if you want to extract the audio data. (However the first part - about 20
min - of a CD CAN be red at 6x speed youll have to try... This is a
hardware related matter and probably wont be "fixed" with other firmware
if any should ever be available. If you need more detailed info on this
just tell me)
2. Packet Writing:
The Recorder is definitely capable of using this method! For now its
only a software related problem. This is a new standard and companies
will need some time to produce the right software.
Adaptec Direct CD: The recorder will work together with the newest OEM
version of This particular software. The recorder is
now certified for this software and comes sometimes
even together with this product.
Firmware 1.07 WILL work fine!!!!
If you read anything different, then people use an
older version of Direct CD!!!!
Im not sure if Fimware 1.06 will work but I think
Cequadrat Packet CD: This is another Packet CD writing software from the
German Company which makes WinONCD (one of the best
CD-R programs available). This Software will also
work together with CDD 2600 Firmware 1.07.
I dont know other Packet Writing software.
3. Firmware updates:
The latest official firmware for the Philips CDD 2600 is 1.07. There were
some firmware versions tested by Philips but none was officially
released! All CDD 2660 recorders which are built today do have this
The Recorder has NO EEPROM, which means it can not be upgraded to another
firmware like for example the Yamaha recorders. The only way to apply a
new firmware would be to insert a new EPROM. Philips says that this can
not be done by end users and such a change would require service
technicians. Im not so sure about that... but one thing is sure: If you
remove this EPROM from its socket you will lose any Warranty!!!!!!!!
And as I said earlier there is no other firmware, so no need for an
update. All rumours concerning this update arose because an early version
of Adaptecs Direct cd stated it is necessary to have Firmware 1.11 for
the CDD 2600. This was an OEM or even a BETA release (Im not sure) and
probably an intentional misleading by Adaptec to find software pirates.
Blame Adaptec an DeirdreStraughan for that!!!
4. The recorder will work together with this Software Products!
Adaptec Easy CD PRO version 2.1
Adaptec CD Creator version 2.01.082 (upgrade from 2.01.081 available at
Adaptecs www site)
Cequadrat WinOnCD 3.0 with driver version 3.00.184.1 and above available
Elektroson Gear 4.01 and 4.02 update available from 4.01 to 4.02 at
Disk at Once Version 3.x for Windows 95/NT.
There are some software versions which are bundled with a specific
Products that dont work. For example the Easy CD version which comes
with a HP 6020 will not work with a Philips CDD 2600 even though the
devices are technically the same, because they do have different SCSI
I dont know about other products, additions to this list are welcome!
These are the facts. All these things have been tested and/or been
confirmed by the companies.
Hope this will help someone out there... ;-)
If there are any further questions post a msg or mail me.