Pioneer Delivers Quad-Format DVD Writer
According to a PC Magazine review, the DVR-AO6 adds support for DVD+R and DVD+RW formats, and does almost everything at cutting-edge speed.As the originator of DVD-R technology, Pioneer has been that formats staunchest proponent. But in a nod to the competition, the new Pioneer DVR-A06 adds support for the rival DVD+R and DVD+RW formats. In most other ways, the DVR-A06 is similar to its DVR-A05 predecessor. Both boast robust construction, 4X DVD-R and 2X DVD-RW recording, and a consistent ability to produce discs that work reliably in every DVD player in our lab. The A06 ships with a generous software bundle that includes Ahead Softwares Nero Express 5.5 and Nero Toolkit, the SAI WriteDVD! drive letter access and packet-writing software, and special editions of Ulead DVD Player, MovieFactory, PictureShow, and VideoStudio.
When tested on our 2.5-GHz P4 test-bed (using Nero 6 Burning ROM), the DVR-A06 easily equaled the A05s blazing speed with DVD-R and -RW media, and generally outpaced the competing Sony DRU-500A multiformat burner. Most impressive, the A06 took only 4 minutes 21 seconds to rip our 4.28GB test DVD, compared with the A05s 6:20 and the Sony units 10:30 time.