Pioneer DVR-108D - Crowning a new Championby Kristopher Kubicki on August 31, 2004 12:02 AM EST
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FeaturesBelow, you can see the Infotool readout from Nero. Nero incorrectly reports the drive as only an 8X read, 4X write drive. For a little more detail, we will have to rely on DVD Info Pro. You may notice that we are still using the version 1.04 firmware; you can download the 1.06 firmware from the Pioneer Japan or Pioneer Australia websites, but since we bought the drive in the US, it only makes sense to wait for a retail US firmware update.
There are no stellar features on this drive. We do not have any HD-Burn capability, and Mount Rainier DVD+RW is obviously not supported either. However, DVD+R Dual Layer (DVD+R9) is fully supported, and we are excited to see such an inexpensive drive support such features.
|Pioneer DVR-108D 16x DVD-/+RW Drive|
|CD Write Speed||32X, 24X ZCLV
16X, 8X, 4X CLV
|CD Rewrite Speed||24X ZCLV
16X, 10X, 4X CLV
|CD Read Speed||40X MAX CAV|
|DVD-R Write Speed||16X, 12X, 8X CLV
4X, 2X, 1X
|DVD-RW Rewrite Speed||4X, 2X, 1X CLV|
|DVD+R Write Speed||16X, 12X, 8X ZCLV
|DVD+RW Rewrite Speed||4X, 2.4X CLV|
|DVD-RAM Read Speed||2X CLV|
|DVD Read Speed||16X MAX CAV|
|Supported Modes||DAO / DAO-RAW 16 & 96
SAO / RAW SAO, RAW SAO 16 & 96
|Supported Formats||DVD+R (DAO, incremental, seq)
DVD-R (DAO, incremental, seq)
DVD-RW (restricted overwrite)
CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM, CD-DA,
Mixed Mode, CD Extra
Photo CD, CD Text, Bootable CD, UDF
|Access Time||CD: 130ms
From the chipset information, this is by far the most ambitious drive that we have seen to date. We see identical features surface on a few other drives, including the NEC 3500A and the ASUS DRW-1604P, but we will get more into detail about those drives later.
The DVR-108D has the capabilities to write to DVD+R DL media at up to 4x and read it back at up to 8x speeds.