Information on this upgrade to the CDTV is
nonexistant. One would speculate that it was indeed designed as a
high end upgrade to the CDTV, or perhaps to be sold alongside the
CDTV as an advanced model. Either way, the CR in its name denotes
that it was at least considered a "Cost Reduced" model (despite the
enhanced featureset). From what little we do know, there were about
60 of them made, with some featuring hard drives, and others
without the flopppy drive (covered, as in an Amiga 3000).
Comparing this machine to the CDTV, the first
thing one notices is that the CD-ROM drive uses a standard slide out
tray instead of the CDTVs caddy. Also notable is the addition of a
1411 compatible DSDD floppy disk drive internally mounted with
convenient front access. The last obvious feature is the
display, which includes new activity graphics, but lacks a clock. What
appears to be a full-fledged PCMCIA slot has been added, as well as a
round mini-din serial port in back to replace the standard 25 pin. All
of the CDTVs video ports are present, as well as parallel, mouse,
keyboard, and floppy drive ports. Some also had IDE controllers for a hard drive.
Video: CSG "Daphne/Denise" chip
Personal Note: Although I'm a big fan of the CDTV, and was very excited to have the ability to pick this up off eBay, I was not very excited at the considerable market price this item brought. :)
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