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Friday, August 01, 2008
Pioneer DVR-116D

1. Introduction, features

Pioneer just released the all new DVR-116D. This PATA High Speed Dual Format Drive is not just another high speed DVD writer. Bundled with the new Optimal Writing Speed technology, the DVR-116D can adjust the writing speed of every burn, so that the produced disc's data integrity and quality will be as good as possible. All you have to do is one click, and then the drive will take care of the rest, ensuring top burning quality for your media.

The DVR-116D is also Pioneer's first drive capable of burning DVD±R media at 20X and DVD±R DL media at 12X. It's twin brother, the Pioneer DVR-116, will also burn toy DVD-RAM discs and it will be also available soon.

- Drive Features & Specification

Key features DVR-116D
  • Max 20X writing speed for DVD-R/+R
• Max 12X writing speed for DVD-R DL / +R DL (Dual / Double Layer media)
• Max 5X reading speed for DVD-RAM
  • Multi-effect LCD Tilt Servo Compensator Mechanism
• Ultra-DRA (Dynamic Resonance Absorber) low vibration mechanism
• Performance adusting firmware
• Disc-Resonance Stabiliser
• Supports "Buffer Under Run" protection (CD and DVD)
  • Data buffer size: 2MB
Specifications DVR-116D
Write Support • DVD-R Ver. 2.0 and 2.1 (for general 4.7GB)
• DVD-R DL (Dual layer) Ver.3.0 (8.54GB)
• DVD-RW Ver.1.0, 1.1 and 1.2 (4.7GB)
• +R Ver 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 (4.7GB)
• +R DL (Double Layer) Ver 1.0, 1.1 (8.54GB)
• +RW Ver 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 (4.7GB)
• +RW High-Speed Ver 1.0 (4.7GB)
• Photo CD (single and multiple session)
• Video CD
• CD-DA
• CD-Extra
• CD-Text
• CD-R (Type 74 - 650MB, Type 80 - 700MB)
• CD-RW (Supports AM2)
• HS CD-RW (Supports AM2)
• US CD-RW (Supports AM2)
• US+ CD-RW (Supports AM2)
Read Support • DVD (DVD-5; Single layer, single sided 4.7GB)
• DVD (DVD-9; Dual layer, single sided 8.54GB)
• DVD (DVD-10; single layer, dual sided 9.4GB)
• DVD (DVD-18; Dual layer, dual sided 17.09GB)
• DVD-R Ver.1.0, 1.1 and 1.2 (4.7GB)
• DVD-R Ver. 2.0 and 2.1 (for general 4.7GB)
• DVD-R DL (Dual layer) Ver.3.0 (8.54GB)
• DVD-RW Ver.1.0, 1.1 and 1.2 (4.7GB)
• +R Ver 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 (4.7GB)
• +R DL (Double Layer) Ver 1.0, 1.1 (8.54GB)
• +RW Ver 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 (4.7GB)
• +RW High-Speed Ver 1.0 (4.7GB)
• DVD-RAM Ver 2.0, 2.1 and 2.2 (Class0), (non-cartridge)
• DVD-RAM Ver 2.2 [RAM2(Class1], (non-cartridge)
• CD-ROM Mode 1
• CD-ROM XA Mode 2 (form 1, form 2)
• Photo CD (single and multiple session)
• Video CD
• CD-DA
• CD-Extra
• CD-Text
• CD-R (Type 74 - 650MB, Type 80 - 700MB)
• CD-RW (Supports AM2)
• HS CD-RW (Supports AM2)
• US CD-RW (Supports AM2)
• US+ CD-RW (Supports AM2)
Write Speed DVD-R 20X CAV (27.70 Mbytes/sec)
Write Speed DVD-R Dual Layer 12X Z-CLV (16.62 Mbytes/sec)*
Note:
* This specification describes the maximum speed in one zone.
Write Speed DVD-RW 6X CLV (8.31 Mbytes/sec)
Write Speed 8cm DVD-R/RW with Adapter 2X CLV (2.77 Mbytes/sec)
Write Speed DVD+R 20X CAV (27.70 Mbytes/sec)
Write Speed DVD+R Double Layer 12X Z-CLV (16.62 Mbytes/sec)*
Note:
* This specification describes the maximum speed in one zone.
Write Speed DVD+RW 8X Z-CLV (11.08 Mbytes/sec)
Write Speed CD-R 40X CAV (6.00 Mbytes/sec)
Write Speed CD-RW • Normal: 4X CLV (0.60 Mbytes/sec)
• HS: 10X CLV (1.50 Mbytes/sec)
• US: 24X Z-CLV (3.60 Mbytes/sec)
• US+: 32X Z-CLV (4.80 Mbytes/sec)
Write Speed 8cm CD-R/RW with Adapter 4X CLV (0.60 Mbytes/sec)
Read Speed DVD-ROM (Single Layer) 16X CAV (22.16 Mbytes/sec)
Read Speed DVD-ROM (Dual Layer) 12X CAV (16.62 Mbytes/sec)
Read Speed DVD-R/+R 16X CAV (22.16 Mbytes/sec)
Read Speed DVD-R DL / +R DL
(Dual/Double Layer)
12X CAV (16.62 Mbytes/sec)
Read Speed DVD-RW / +RW 13X CAV (18.00 Mbytes/sec)
Read Speed DVD-RAM 5X CLV (6.92 Mbytes/sec)
Read Speed 8cm DVD-ROM, DVD-R/RW, DVD-Video with Adapter 3.4X CAV (4.70 Mbytes/sec)
Read Speed CD-ROM 40X CAV (6.00 Mbytes/sec)
Read Speed CD-R 40X CAV (6.00 Mbytes/sec)
Read Speed CD-RW 32X CAV (4.80 Mbytes/sec)
Read Speed 8cm CD-ROM CD-R/RW CD-DA with Adapter 6.1X CAV (0.91 Mbytes/sec)
Read Speed CD-DA CD-TEXT Mixed CD
CD-Extra (Play audio)
9.3X CAV (1.39 Mbytes/sec)
Read Speed CD-DA CD-TEXT Mixed CD
CD-Extra (Data extraction)
40X CAV (6.00 Mbytes/sec)
Read Speed Video-CD 9.3X CAV (1.39 Mbytes/sec)
Access Time DVD-ROM 130 msec (Random Average)
Access Time DVD-RAM 210 msec (Random Average)
Access Time CD-ROM 120 msec (Random Average)
Interface ATA/ATAPI-7, SFF-8090
IDE Data Transfer Mode PIO Mode4, Multi Word DMA Mode2, Ultra DMA Mode2/Mode4*
Note:
* It is required to use a cable corresponding to U-ATA66 (80-wire conductor cable)
Mounting Orientation Horizontal and vertical (+/- 5 Degrees)*
Note:
* 80mm discs cannot be used when the drive is vertically mounted. The case remains even when an adapter is used.
Power Requirement +5V 1.45A
+12V 1.40A (Average during 20x CAV DVD-R writing process)
Power Consumption 24.05W (Average during 20X CAV DVD-R writing process)
Regulatory Approval UL60950-1 Second Edition, CAN/CSA C22.2 No.60950-1-03, EN60950-1:2001+A11: 2004, CB Report: IEC60950-1:2001, FIMKO, SEMKO (Optional)
Dimensions (W x H x D) mm 148 x 180 x 42.3
(Including height of front bezel)
Net Weight 0.78 kg

-The Drive

Our test sample is the black-faced version of the drive, named DVR-116DBK.

The sample was manufactured on May 2008 in China.

The drive's is based on the NEC MC-10043B chip, also met at the Optiarc AD-7200S drive.

- Installation

The drive was identified under Windows XP as "PIONEER DVD_RW DVR-116D", firmware version 1.06.




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