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Review #3
updated March 2, 2003

Pioneer Presents
DVR - A05
DVD Recorder
estimated price $275.00 avalable in US only
Pioneer DVD 4x Recorder 


Introduction

Pioneer's introduces the DVR - A05, fifth generation DVD writable. Makes the next leap to a faster writing DVD. No longer at 1x or 2x long awaiting write times. Now for under three hundred dollars you can own a 4x machine. This speed translates into approximately 15 minutes to fully record a high - speed 4.7 GB DVD - R disc. Most DVD writes also include writing to CD as well, this one does too. You can write to a single write CD at speeds of 16x and a rewrite CD at 8x. The software is by Roxi and is "Easy CD Creator 5.3 for the basic of data recording. This is an other option to back up any kind of information on your hard drive. 

The 4X DVD - R recording Using Roxi writing software bundled with the drive, the DVR-A05 also offers two - minute quick formatting for DVD - RW data discs, that allows for finished DVD - RW discs to be unfinalized for writing additional data files. A DVD authoring tool and DVD/CD data recording application are also included with the drive So you can practice a blank 4X DVD - R and 2X DVD - RW discs is included.

DVD blank disc are priced not yet as good as black CDs however at under ten dollars that is not bad. About three years ago one single sided DVD writable would have set you back roughly sixty dollars and you would not want to fail with one of those.

DVD writers are more reliable and have better software to back them up. I personally hope to see faster DVD players come onto the market sooner so that we can enjoy faster burning times like we do with a 52x CD - R unit. The price is much better today than it was about three years ago. Back than a DVD 1x writer could be yours for one thousand dollars or more.

New Under the Hood
The DVD drive features a new high - speed writing pickup, improved by new laser driver which ensures a stable writing performance at high speeds. A new liquid crystal tilt mechanism has also been included, providing accurate and reliable operation with discs that have uneven curvature or thickness. The DVR-A05 also doubles the CD-R and CD-RW write speed of earlier models at 16X and 8X respectively, and can be used as a DVD-ROM and CD-ROM drive as well.

Features

 The New High-Speed Pioneer DVR-A05

  • 4X DVD - R writing speed
  • 2X DVD - RW writing speed
  • DVD - R & DVD - RW "Quick Finalizing" -  discs are now finalized
    without extra lead-out writing
  • DVD - RW "Quick Format" -  prepares a DVD-RW disc for writing
    in only 2 minutes!
  • DVD - RW "Quick Grow" - quickly add more data to a DVD - RW disc!

Four drives in one - Works with IDE, burns several formats: DVD - R,
DVD - RW, CD - R and CD - RW discs.

Records up to 3 hours of video, photos, music or data to a 4.7GB DVD - R or DVD - RW rewriteable discs.

Fast 16x CD - R write, 8x CD - RW writer and 32x play back speeds. Writes music, photo, and data CDs on a 650 MB or 700 MB CD - R or CD - RW disc.

Authoring DVD software includes , Sonic Solutions MyDVD Plus 4.0 - With Sonic MyDVD Plus 4 it's simple and fun to make great-looking home video and business presentation DVDs! Makes creating DVD titles compete with menus simple and burns directly to DVD and CD discs!

Time saved using 4X speed to burn a full 4.7GB DVD - R disc in roughly 15 minutes.

DVD-R discs play on 98% of DVD players and DVD - ROM drives

Great for use with a DV camcorder

Transfer digital* or analog** video directly from your camcorder or VCR to a DVD+RW disc (*requires a 1394 interface port on your PC; **requires analog video capture and compression capability on your PC)

Included in the Box
  • Software Driver for Windows 98, Me, 2000, XP
  • Sonic MyDVD 4.0 VideoSuite (includes Arcsoft Showbiz editing tool) Sonic's MyDVD Plus 4 makes it simple and fun to make great - looking home videos and business presentations. Users can capture video from a camcorder or VHS and share it with friends and family via DVD, VCD and even e - mail.
  • Sonic CinePlayer 1.5 DVD Video Player - Sonic CinePlayer delivers the absolute highest quality video playback available for PCs. Additionally, Sonic CinePlayer packs powerful features into an easy-to-use and intuitive user-interface. CinePlayer is the first DVD player to support the OpenDVD(tm) format, making it possible to seamlessly open a OpenDVD project in Sonic MyDVD for further editing.
  • Roxio Easy CD Creator 5.3 Basic for CD & DVD data recording. Allows users to burn and share anything on CD and DVD, designed to their specifications including music, photos and video. Users can even back up critical data to a CD or DVD - faster and easier than ever.
  • Pinnacle Instant Write (drag & drop file storage software that includes Quick Format, Quick Grow support for DVD-RW media) - Pinnacle Instant Write enables the CD - R, CD - RW and DVD - RW drive to emulate a hard disk or floppy disk. Users can drag and drop files, create new directories right on the CD - R, CD - RW or DVD - RW including the capability to save files from applications (e.g. word processing, drawing, etc.) directly to the drive

  • Operating Instructions
  • Product Warranty Card
  • Drive Mounting Screws
  • Installation Guide
  • Software CD-ROM
  • One 4X DVD-R disc
  • One 2X DVD-RW disc
  • Audio Connection Cable
  • Manual Disc Ejection Tool
  • Pin Configuration Jumper

Specifications

Write Support

  • DVD - R 4.7GB, DVD - RW 4.7GB
  • CD - R 700MB (type 80), 650MB (type 74), CD - RW, high speed CD - RW

Read Support

  • DVD - ROM & DVD - Video (single layer & dual layer)
  • DVD - R, DVD - RW
  • CD - ROM Mode 1, CD-ROM XA Mode 2 (form 1, form 2)
  • CD - DA (Audio CD), CD - Extra, Video CD, Photo - CD (single & multiple session)
  • CD - Text, CD - R, CD - RW

Write Speed

  • DVD - R: 4X, 2X , 1X
  • DVD - RW: 2X, 1X
  • CD - R: 16X, 12X, 8X, 4X
  • CD - RW: 8X, 4X

Read Speed

  • DVD - ROM (Single): Max 12X CAV
  • DVD - ROM (Dual): Max 8X CAV
  • DVD - R, DVD-RW: Max 6X CAV
  • CD - ROM: Max 32X CAV
  • CD - R, CD - RW: Max 32X CAV
  • CD - Audio: max 32X CAV
  • Video - CD: 4X CLV

Access Time (Random Average)

  • DVD - ROM: 140 Msec
  • CD - ROM: 130 Msec

Mode 1

  • When DVD-ROM Single Layer disc and CD - ROM disc are used

Interface:

  • IDE/ATAPI (PIO Mode 4/ Multi Word DMA Mode 2), Ultra DMA 33 (Ultra DMA Mode 2)

Data Buffer:

  • 2 Mbytes

Mounting Orientation:

  • Horizontal or Vertical

Dimensions

  • (W x H x D): 5 13/16" x 1 11/16" x 7 13/16"

Net Weight:

  • 2.42 lbs

System Requirements
  • Internal available 5.25" drive bay
  • IDE controller with available connector
  • General: 150 MB free hard drive space for included software installation
  • 5 GB free for DVD disc creation
  • Intel® Pentium® II processor 300 MHz or equivalent
  • 128 MB RAM
  • Video capture capability (1394 interface or analog video capture card)
  • 1024 x 768 or higher video display adapter
  • Microsoft Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP

For more information visit Pioneer Electronics .

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