Pioneer DVR-104 / DVR-A04 DVD Writer

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Pioneer DVR-104 / DVR-A04


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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 01ne 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 3t PRO 1xDVD-RW (RITEK000V11A) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 3t PRO 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Accu 1xDVD-R (LD..........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Accu 1xDVD-R (LD01........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Apple 4xDVD-R (MXL RG02....) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 BeAll 1xDVD-R (BeAll G00001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 BeAll 4xDVD-R (BeAll G40001) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bencole Platinum Series 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bencole Platinum Series 4xDVD-R (AN32........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BigPockets 4xDVD-R (LONGTEN TECH) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bridata 2xDVD-R (PRODISCG02..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 BulkDVD.net 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
21 Bulkpaq 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 12 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
8 Bulkpaq 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 7 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Bulkpaq 8xDVD-R (TTG02.......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 CD-R Media.co.uk 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 CD-Recordable 1xDVD-R (REC001......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 CloneDisc 2xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 CompUSA 1xDVD-R (LD..........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 CompUSA 1xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 CompUSA 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Creation 1xDVD-R (............) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datasafe Media 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite 2xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
5 Datawrite Classic 2xDVD-R (PRODISCG02..) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Datawrite Classic 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Datawrite Classic Red 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Datawrite Red (V2) 4xDVD-R (INFOSMART01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Discrite 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Discrite 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 DupEZ 2xDVD-R (SONY........) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 DVD Master 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 EMTEC 1xDVD-R (LGE.........) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 ESBuy Gold 1xDVD-R (RITEKG01....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 2xDVD-R (PVC001001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (AN32........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 1xDVD-R (GSC001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
4 Generic/Unbranded 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 2xDVD-R (PRODISCG02..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 1xDVD-R (VIVASTAR....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 GQ (Great Quality) 1xDVD-R (LD..........) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 2xDVD-R (SONY........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Hatron 2xDVD-R (NANYA P1861.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Imation 1xDVD-R (CMC00RG200..) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 2xDVD-RW (OPTODISCW002) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Intenso 1xDVD-R (NANYA P1861.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 IOTA 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 IOTA 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 KHypermedia 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 KHypermedia 2xDVD-R (CMC MAG.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
7 KHypermedia 1xDVD-R (CMC00RG200..) comments, 2 good, 1 mixed, 3 poor.
1 KHypermedia 1xDVD-R (CMC00RG300..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 KHypermedia 1xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Laser 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Laser 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Laser 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Lead Data 1xDVD-R (LD..........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Lead Data 1xDVD-R (LD01........) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
4 Lead Data 1xDVD-R (Lead Data) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Leda 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 LG 8xDVD-R (MUST 003....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Matrix 4xDVD-R (............) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 MAXdisc 1xDVD-R (4M SYS 202C1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Maxell 1xDVD-RW (JVC/VictorT7) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
3 Maxell 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Maxell 4xDVD-R (MXL RG02....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 8xDVD-R (MXL RG03....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 1xDVD-R (CMC MAG. CO.) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
4 Memorex 1xDVD-R (CMC00RG200..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD-R (MBI 01RG20) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 2xDVD-R (PRODISCG02..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD+R (RITEK...S04) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 1xDVD-RW (RITEK000V11A) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 1xDVD-R (RITEKG01....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2xDVD-R (TAIYOYUDEN..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Millenium 1xDVD-R (DDD DVDR....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mirror Platinum 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsui 2xDVD-R (MCC 00RG200) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 MMore 1xDVD-R (EuroDig-Disc) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Nanya 2xDVD-R (NANYA P1861.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Office Depot 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Optimum 2xDVD-R (CMC MAG.....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
6 Optodisc 1xDVD-R (OPTODISC....) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
5 Optodisc 1xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 3 good, 2 mixed, 0 poor.
4 Optodisc 1xDVD-RW (OPTODISCK001) comments, 2 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Optodisc 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Optodisc 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCR004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Paradox 4xDVD-R (INFOSMART01.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Pine 4xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Pioneer 4xDVD-R (PVCR001002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Pioneer 2xDVD-RW (PVCW00V00245) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Pioneer DVS-R47A 2xDVD-R (PVC001001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Pioneer DVS-RW47B 1xDVD-RW (PVCW000001Q9) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 PowerDisc 1xDVD-R (GSC001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 PrimeDisc 1xDVD-R (Auvistar....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
11 PrimeDisc 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 5 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 PrimeDisc 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
8 Princo 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 4 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
8 Princo 1xDVD-RW (PRINCO......) comments, 4 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
5 Princo 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 4 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Princo 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prodisc 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prodisc 1xDVD-R (PRODISCG01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prodisc 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Promedia Bulk 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Q-tec 4xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Raycom 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 RiData 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 RiData 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 RiDisc 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
9 Ritek 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 4 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Ritek 2xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
4 Ritek 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 4 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 4xDVD-R (RITEKM02....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Samsung 4xDVD-R (BeAll G40001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Samsung (DigitAll) 2xDVD-R (CMC MAG....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Sentinel 2xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Shintaro 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Shintaro 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Shintaro 1xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sky 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sky 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sky 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 SmartBuy 1xDVD-RW (ProdiscDVDRW) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sonic 2xDVD-R (............) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Sonic 2xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sonic 4xDVD-R (Yi Jhan 001.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Sony 1xDVD-RW (JVC/VictorT7) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 StarMedia 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Supermedia 4xDVD-R (............) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Supermedia 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 TDK 2xDVD-R (MCC 00RG200) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 TDK 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 1xDVD-RW (TDK501saku]3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 2xDVD-R (TDKG010000d9) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 TDK 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 That's Write! 1xDVD-R (Lead Data) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 That's Write! 2xDVD-R (SONY........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
4 Traxdata 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
4 Universal 1xDVD-R (GSC001) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLife) 2xDVD-R (CMC MAG.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
6 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2xDVD-R (MCC 00RG200) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 1xDVD-RW (MCC 00RW11N9) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim DigitalMovie 4xDVD-R (MCC 01RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
7 Vivastar 1xDVD-R (VIVASTAR....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
6 White Label 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 WYSIWYG 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Yakumo 1xDVD-R (PRODISCG02..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Yakumo 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Zeus 1xDVD-R (PRODISCG01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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155 comments, Showing 26 to 50 comments

I've been using my A04 (retail box) for almost six months and I figured I would now review it. Considering the format (recordable dvd) is still in its infancy, these units are very reliable. I have found Ulead DVD Movie Factory is a nice program for basic authoring and menus, while Nero seems to be the best for consistant burning. 1X is the best for writing reliable discs on cheap media that won't have problems with most players. Recently I flashed the firmware to 1.31, which allows burning at 2x with "Ritek" media (gold top, purple bottom, no printed brand name). This works well, and these discs are cheap, under $50 for a 50 pack.

I was interested in the new line of 4x writers, but there really doesn't seem to be media that can handle that speed yet, and who know if they will play reliably on my dvd player. I think that the A04 will be great for at least a couple of years until the formats get settled and the prices come down. I have never regretted going for the Pioneer!


Comments posted by Phil from Other, December 05, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.







Comments posted by satking from Other, December 04, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Got the retail version of this drive and I couldn't be happier. I have not made a coaster yet and it handles everything I throw at it. Compatibility isn't a problem either--all DVD players I have tried DVD-R/RWs with have all played without a hitch!!

Go get this drive!


Comments posted by Burner27 from Other, November 13, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.







Comments posted by Lee from Other, November 13, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Bought this burner about 3 months ago, easy instalation, up and going in a matter of minutes. However after trying an array of burning software they all would only allow 1X burning. After numerous attempts at contacting pioneer, I finally recieved a response. Which stated the drive has a firmware bug, the firmware must be updated or the included software could cause damage. I recieved this email too late, my drive is toast, it would not recognize any disk I place in it. In a story of "The pen is mightier than the sword" I wrote pioneer threatening legal dispute. Pioneer has since replaced the drive with a fresh one. My opinion of this drive, had I do buy it again? I would not!

Junk!

singed - Pissed at Pioneer!


Comments posted by Paul Casey from Other, November 10, 2002. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





Just bought it for $260 (shipping included) from http://www.shopharmony.com

I used their included pioneer dvd-r and dvd-rw.
The dvd-r burned at 2x and the DVD-RW burns at 1x (as stated on the box).

Yes if burning a file smaller then 1gb it takes about 10min to write the lead out. Not a big problem just an annoyance.

2x takes about 25min to burn 4gb.

I burned over the DVD-RW 5 times now. Burned test DVD movie rips. After some tinkering with ifoedit. I got both changing lanes and spiderman to work on my Sony DVD-NS715P.

Very happy!


Comments posted by jj1k from Other, November 08, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I have been using the OEM version of the Pioneer DVR-A04 installed in a Cyclone IEEE1394 Firewire external drive enclosure for about 2 months. This drive works very well. The only problem I have had is a buffer underrun error. I updated the firmware and switched to Nero burning software and the problem went away.

I have also discovered that if you are burning a small amount of data, less than 1 GIG, the unit seems to hang up during the lead out session of the burn. For some reason, it takes about 20 minutes to complete the lead out. The only fix I have found is to wait. It will finish the lead out. On large burns, this does not occur.

I bought the Pioneer DVR-A04 at http://www.essencompu.com/ for $268.00 + shipping and the external drive at http://www.meritline.com/ for $98.99 + shipping.

I have been using Memorex DVD-RW media with no problems.


Comments posted by Amos from Other, November 07, 2002. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I have been using this drive for about a month now, and I'm completely happy with its capability. Basically I was able to pull my systems (older) CD-R/RW and DVD-ROM drives and replace them with this guy.

I've burned about 6 DVD-R's using Ritek Generic (purple platter) with no coasters. Also Memorex DVD-RW (v1.1) work very well with this unit.

When Burning audio or regular data CD's this drive will pretty much work with anything as far as I can tell. However due to my extremely picky DVD player (Sony!) it will only play XVCD's using
CD-RW media as it will not accept any CD-R media. I have only tried the Maxell CD-RW (700MB) CD's. They are rated at 4X speed, but the Panasonic burns at 8X fine with them.

Over all, I will rate this drive a 10 since I have not tried any other products, but I am completely happy with its capabilities.


Comments posted by Bman from Other, November 01, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Just bought this burner for US$299.Works fine in my system.Have been able to copy DVD's on the fly straight onto a DVD-RW with no problem.Have not attempted to fit larger than 4.7GB files onto a DVD-R or RW yet but I'm sure it will work fine.Software included with burner is simple but works well for straight out copying.


Comments posted by Martin from Other, November 01, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Great Recorder
Easy to install,burned DVD video and DVD-DATA without Problem.


BEST Buy


Comments posted by Claudio from Other, October 31, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Great Burner


Comments posted by Steve from Other, October 27, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I have had this drive for several months now and I can't say one bad thing about it.

Works fine for Xbox, DVD movies and anything I throw at it, Recently I put on a hacked firmware that allows 2X burning on some 1X media and now I am in heaven lol

I use Ritek 1X media when burning it in 2X and have never had a problem..

Highly recomended


Comments posted by Gary B from Other, October 25, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I bought it 2 months ago for 300 Euro. Very good burner. Burned 50-60 DVD-R (intenso, tdk, creation, princo) and NOT ONE BAD DISC. Works great for burning dvd-r video, data etc. I'm using Nero and primo dvd. For the discs that support 2x speed it can write at 2x, for those who don't support 2x it writes in 1x, so don't get confused about the a04 speed. It's in the media, not the burner.


Comments posted by stelios from Other, October 21, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





hi tou all,

i have this burner for a view months but in the begining i had a lot of problems. after a lot of searching i found out that i needed an fimware update on the side of pioneer you can donload a litle prog. so you can check if you need to update your's.

greatings dragstar
dragstar@chello.nl


Comments posted by dragstar from Other, October 17, 2002. Rated this writer No rating.







Comments posted by Darren Higgins from Other, October 13, 2002. Rated this writer 9 of 10.







Comments posted by petzo from Other, October 12, 2002. Rated this writer 9 of 10.







Comments posted by Luigi Raw from Other, October 12, 2002. Rated this writer 9 of 10.







Comments posted by OneHappyChappy from Other, October 10, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.







Comments posted by Luis from Other, October 09, 2002. Rated this writer No rating.





Excellent drive, works great with many dvds I have tested at least 10 from friends and family.
Got it cheap at $239 plus free shipping at www.piranhatech.com
Solid design and trouble free from the start.


Comments posted by Digital One Studios from Other, October 04, 2002. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I love this burner! I have had almost no problems burning DVDs using Nero and the new firmware upgrade. I can burn 2x on generic 2x discs. If you have been waiting for these drives or media to come down in price wait no longer! I'm really glad I finally picked one of these up.


Comments posted by Caleb from Other, October 04, 2002. Rated this writer 9 of 10.







Comments posted by nash from Other, October 02, 2002. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Bought this baby few days ago and it rocks, burned some dvd-r's now and no problem at all :)
I use cheap bulk dvd-r's that cost $2 and it burns them dvd's like a charm.... i use Nero and Stomp Record now and i havent had a single prob yet.


Comments posted by Pimpmaster from Other, September 27, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Seems to work for me. Only problem is I wish there was a way to prevent dust from geting into the drive when the tray opens. Sometimes you can see the dust preventing some burning on the disk with your naked eyes and it isn't pretty. It could cause coasters:(. Other than that, it has been ok. I haven't seen the heating problems that others have mentioned. Yes, the disk is warm when you burn it-but doesn't a cdr get warm too? The Optodisk brand of dvd-rs has worked for me. Haven't had any compatibility problems any of the 5 dvd players I've tested. Some of these machines are 5-6 years old too.
Jimmy


Comments posted by Jimmy from Other, September 25, 2002. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Grabbed this unit a few weeks ago and it works a peach, I am not sure what the spaz wrote about this before me but all I can say he must be smoking and drinking them red neck fixins !!!!

The drive burns every time no problems at all no bad firmware or overheating ha ha !!!!

Recomended by the cartload there I go with that hillybilly thanng !!


Comments posted by Mark from Other, September 23, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.




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OEM
Original Equipment Manufacturer.


Chipset

The manufacturer of the main chipset the DVD writer/recorder is based on.


Write support / Read support
DVD-R
= Works
DVD-R = Is not supported
DVD-R? = Not tested


Single Layer(4.7GB) write speeds
1x (CLV) = about 58 minutes
2x (CLV) = about 29 minutes
2.4x (CLV) = about 24 minutes
4x (CLV) = about 14.5 minutes
6x (CLV/ZCLV) = about 10-12 minutes
8x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 8-10 minutes
12x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 6.5-7.5 minutes
16x (CAV/ZCLV) = about 6-7 minutes

Dual/Double Layer(8.5GB) write speeds
1x CLV = about 105 minutes
2.4x CLV = about 44 minutes
4x CLV = about 27 minutes

Single Layer (4.7GB) read speeds
1x read speed is 1.321MB/s = ~56 minutes
6x CAV (avg. ~4x) read speed is max 7.93MB/s = ~14 minutes
8x CAV (avg. ~6x) read speed is max 10.57MB/s = ~10 minutes
12x CAV (avg. ~8x) read speed is max 15.85MB/s = ~7 minutes
16x CAV (avg. ~12x) read speed is max 21.13MB/s = ~5 minutes


DVD Write types
CAV = Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is written at a constantly increasing speed.
CLV = Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is written at a constant speed.
ZCLV = Zone Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is divided into zones. After each zone the write speed is increased.
PCAV = Partial Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is being written at an increasing speed until a certain speed. After this speed it will not increase anymore.


Connection
Desktop = Standalone desktop DVD Recorder
EIDE = Computer DVD Writer with EIDE/IDE connection
SCSI = Computer DVD Writer with SCSI connection
USB = Computer desktop DVD Writer with USB 2.0 or/and 1.1 connection
FireWire = Computer desktop DVD Writer with IEEE 1394/FireWire/i.Link connection (some standalone desktop dvd recorder supports this also but then it is usually to connect your DV camera to the recorder)


Rating
The first rating is based on a weighted rank (the true Bayesian), it requires at least 5 votes to get a weighted rating.
The second rating between the ( ) is a normal average rating.


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