Starting from the left of the IDE connection you’ll see the jumper switch for master, slave and cable select. By looking at the picture below you can see the drive’s IDE interface, power connector and analog audio output connector. Is it the fastest DVD writer around? For whatever reason, it also took more than 6 minutes to read the data back. Pioneer’s new drive also did fairly well when ripping audio CD’s, reaching DAE speeds as high as 41x. For this test I used a pressed CD containing one Mode 1 data track.
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Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the discs from Taiyo Yuden and Verbatim.
Starting from the left of the IDE connection you’ll see the jumper switch ploneer master, slave and cable select. This is a very rough, but good way to test the drive’s error correcting abilities.
Unfortunately, when scanned with the BenQ DW, there were a number of cases where the error rates were quite high. This program queries the drive to see what its reading and writing capabilities are. You won’t find that information in the manual. Dimensions W x H x D mm.
The results are below. With Taiyo Yuden’s 52x media, the drive started writing at about By looking at the screenshot above you can see that while Pioneer’s new drive can read and write to most DVD formats, it does not support technologies like LightScribe or Labelflash.
Pioneer DVRD Specs – CNET
Pioneer’s new drive performed pretty well in our packet writing tests. While this is fairly good for a drive with a maximum read speed of 40x, the DVRD’s overall score was not as high as some of the other DVD writers we’ve looked at. However, it can be enabled using the utility shown below.
The score given is an average of the three. The case remains even when an adapter is used. It fires off eight different applications using scripts.
There are no large Pioneer logos or anything advertising the svr reading and writing speeds. The DVRD started reading at 5. The error rates stayed within acceptable limits when tested with KProbe. Unfortunately, the drive’s bitsetting capabilities are fairly limited. I also put these discs through a piineer test” by reading them back at 16x with the DW This new technology automatically adjusts the writing speed to deliver the best writing quality possible.
By looking at the KProbe screenshots, you can see that the discs burned by the drive had a low number of C1 errors and there were no C2 errors at all. All of the times below include not only the actual writing time, but the pioneet in and out times too.
According to Nero, the drive can also write CD-Text and overburn. InfoTool had no problems detecting the DVRD’s maximum reading and writing speeds, recording modes, buffer underrun protection and 2MB buffer.
While this is more than double the time it would take to burn a disc at 20x, the writing quality was considerably better than what we saw in our performance tests. As we showed you in our tests, there were a number of cases where the jitter and error rates were quite high.
More concerning was the DVRD’s writing quality. All of the files are between 1MB and 25MB in size and no more than 10 directories deep.
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Unfortunately, there were a few cases where the writing quality could have been poneer. The media types, along with the average time it took the drive to write our 4. Each benchmark test has been run three times. Pioneer’s new DVD writer definitely doesn’t get any bonus points for looks. What code is in the image? Written by Karr Wang, this utility can be used to test the number of C1 and C2 errors on a disc. With all things considered, the Pioneer DVRD gets a solid 7 out of 10 for the performance section of this review.