We had an OEM drive in our hands, and the bezel was a plain beige color with nothing fancy to look at. However, the retail models of the Pioneer DVR-108, which are code-named DVR-A08XL, do come with either a black or beige bezel and have specialized round, silver eject buttons.

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The DVR-108 utilizes the NEC brand chipset.

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It will be interesting to see what the NEC 3500A has to offer compared to this Pioneer drive.

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  • DarthRanger - Saturday, September 4, 2004 - link

    Hi Kristopher -
    Saw your post to my question; so you're saying Plextor has a d/l DVD RW? I checked Plextor-America's site and didn't see a D/L model there. Can you point me to a link?


    Darth Ranger
  • Bozo Galora - Saturday, September 4, 2004 - link

    Well well, quite a hodge podge of opinions and corrections.

    First of all the "retail" version with "honeycombed" casing to lower noise is not out yet. Its PART number is DVR-A08XL.
    DVR-108 is the name of the drive and DVR-108D is the bare drive OEM bulk PART number.

    I got that info from the cdrinfo article touted above, which does seem to be a lot more informative, and paints a lot less rosy picture of the drive.

    After reading AT review, I had actually written a check to for 5 of them ($89 shipped). Thanks to comments here, I ripped up the check and am now on hold again.

    As far as the Plextor being $30 more expensive, has it for ~$122 at several vendors with 2 dif $30 rebate coupons noted, good until Oct.

    So then I went to and saw one of the the new Liteon 16X will have a USB port version...
    "Also available in an external version around October, the SOHW-1633SX offers an integrated USB 2.0 port for easy, flexible connectivity, and is ideal for users ‘on the go’."

    "Fewer mistakes than usual" comment by belzer - heh heh. Quite an indictment.

    I really need some DVD burners badly, but I guess I have to wait this stuff out.

    And will have to take future AT optical reviews with a grain of salt - so to speak.

  • kcma - Friday, September 3, 2004 - link

    I never read Anandtech's optical storage reviews, why? Because any burner reviews without tests on protected media is not worth my time reading. I browsed through the article quickly and once again, no tests are done on ripping and burning protected titles. If I was wrong because I browsed too quickly, I apologize. I would love to see this changed though, Maybe future articles can include these tests? Reply
  • bendixG15 - Thursday, September 2, 2004 - link

    Okay;;Is there a diference between the model
    DVR-108 asnd the DVR-108D ????

  • KristopherKubicki - Thursday, September 2, 2004 - link

    Questar: The ridata media is pretty terrible. I havent seen another burner that burns it well either.

    Then again, look at some of our other dual layer tests that cant even burn the good MKM stuff.

  • mud - Wednesday, September 1, 2004 - link

    "but since dual layer media still costs several dollars a disc"

    Can someone tell me where I can find dual layer media at that price!?
  • Questar - Wednesday, September 1, 2004 - link

    A drive that FAILED half of the +R9 tests is considered the best drive you have ever tested?!?

    WTF was an average drive then??

  • KristopherKubicki - Wednesday, September 1, 2004 - link

    Belzer youre correct, ill have that changed.

  • Belzer - Wednesday, September 1, 2004 - link

    Congratulations, fewer mistakes in this reveiw than usual. Here is a major one though:
    "CMC MAG F01
    This is an Imation disc rated at 8x write speeds."

    If this was rated 8x, which I doubt, it must be a mistake in production. CMC MAG F01 is the MID for CMC Magnetics 4x certified discs. If you had really tried a CMC Magnetics 8x disc, MID CMC MAG E01, you would actually have been able to try the burner @16x speed as it allows overspeeding on this media.
  • KristopherKubicki - Wednesday, September 1, 2004 - link

    DarthRanger: I am guessing you didnt read the review.


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