Pioneer DVR-S201 DVD Writer

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Pioneer DVR-S201

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$4000 7.8/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Arita 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Optodisc 2xDVD-RW (OPTODISCK001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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actually shorty there is a HUGE reason to buy this drive, and the proof is in the pudding in this case. since there are tons of reviews for the consumer writers, yet very few for REAL PROFESSIONAL burners. especially when you have a deadline, and you keep burning coasters!
i have been working with the s201 for about 3 years now, and only for one major problem, of my optical pick-up going faulty (about a US$600 fix) works like a charm.
i have also worked with the pioneer a03, a04, and currently a05 to burn one-off's or what not. i must say, the pionner brand burners are the best IMO, however, the burners i have just mentioned have been nothing but problems, if its not the burner crapping out after a few months, its faulty laser pick-ups. i think i have spent more money on the consumer burners, than what the s201 cost including the fix!so i have to re-iterate, S201 ALL THE WAY...thats definitely our company work horse and has many more years in its future!


Comments posted by fifer55 from United States, March 05, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Sorry Axel, but your claim "Its the ONLY DVD writer from which your DVD masters will be accepted by dublication labs." is completely FALSE! It MAY have been that way with a few labs when you wrote that, but in the meantime, any lab that WON'T take a DVD-R(G) for making a glass-master is shooting themselves in the foot in a BIG way, since a lot of others ARE. Aside from the fact that you can master to a DLT and deliver it that way which is MUCH cheaper, faster and you have a drive that is more useful in other ways (backups) than this drive. There is absolutely NO reason for buying this drive.

Comments posted by Shorty from Other, October 22, 2002. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

Bought one quite some time (nearly two years) ago for our professional DVD authoring station. Its the ONLY DVD writer from which your DVD masters will be accepted by dublication labs. Therefor its a must have for professional DVD authoring.

I like that it has fuses (SMD, but they work) inside. Saved the drive from a power flash once, replaced fuses, works again.

Its slow, but reliable. Will write only on dedicated authoring media, not on "general use" media. Will destroy "general use" media when inserted and starting to burn, since it stops with errors, but write enough to make it unsuable again.

Anyway, i can recommend it for professionals only. For consumers and ambitious semiprofessionals who do single DVDs or very small series save the money and buy something like a A04 instead, and probably sell your DVDs along with a compatible settop dvd player (many collegues now do so, very successfully, with surprised customers!).



Comments posted by Axel Mertes from Other, May 25, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

i have bought this burner and it
is the best it compatible to 98% dvd players
And i dont need to stick 2 0r more disks
in and out all the time it is the best
worth every dollar and cent i paid for
for more detials email
ask for maz

Comments posted by maz from Other, April 30, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

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= 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.

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)

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