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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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  • KristopherKubicki - Tuesday, August 31, 2004 - link

    Degrador, fixed, thanks.

    Kristopher
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  • Degrador - Tuesday, August 31, 2004 - link

    Bitsetting basically describes what type of disc it is (only matters for DVD+R(W) and DL discs). Having a drive able to let you set the bitsetting means you can write discs that seem to be DVD-ROM discs not writables, and so old dvd-players can handle them better.

    Another thing I noticed in the article, the image shows the Ritek R03 discs burnt at only 4X on the Pioneer, yet you say "Even at that ambitious burn ..." and "the Pioneer wins this bout both in speed and write quality". Wrong image link perhaps?
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  • KristopherKubicki - Tuesday, August 31, 2004 - link

    saechaka: someone said a hacked 3500A firmware supports bitsetting. I think its a pretty moot issue nowadays but some people find it really important.

    Kristopher
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  • saechaka - Tuesday, August 31, 2004 - link

    what's the significance of this bitsetting? and will the 3500a be able to utilize that feature? thanks Reply
  • Degrador - Tuesday, August 31, 2004 - link

    Under the features table, you have the drive listed as writing DVD-RAM at 2X. This drive actually doesn't support writing DVD-RAM, only reading.

    Perhaps another thing of note is that the retail version has better noise management / control than the OEM version.

    Also, is there any chance of doing some benchmarks with the newly released 1.10 firmware?

    Thanks
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  • Budman - Tuesday, August 31, 2004 - link

    Pioneer DVD burners Rule!! Reply

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