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Pioneer BDR-205 Blu-ray drive Review

Posted 29 November 2009 18:44 CET by MegaDETH



Review: Pioneer BDR-205BK Reviewed by: MegaDETH Provided by: Pioneer USA Firmware: 1.02 Manufactured: September 2009

Pioneer USA was kind enough to send us their new BDR-205BK Blu-ray disc writer. This is an internal SATA drive capable of writing both Single and Dual layer Blu-ray media at up to 12x, DVD media at 16x and CD-R writing at 40x respectively.

In this review we will show the performance of the Pioneer BDR-205BK by running the drive through many tests on a considerable amount of various CD/DVD/BD media.

Corporate Information:

Pioneer was founded in 1938 in Tokyo, Japan by Nozomu Matsumoto - a man with a passion for music that he hoped to share with the world through high quality audio speakers. That passion began with a small operation to repair and manufacture speakers in Matsumoto's garage. It has since grown to international stature as a manufacturer of audio and video products for use at home, in the car and in business environments.

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Drive Specifications:

Let us take a look at the detailed specifications of the Pioneer BDR-205BK Blu-ray disc writer:

What’s inside the box?

Let’s take a look at the Drive:

Pioneer USA has sent us the OEM Drive.

  • The Pioneer BDR-205BK Blu-ray disc writer
  • Quick Setup Guide and Limited Warranty booklet (not shown)


BD Advisor showing Blu-Ray compatibility

BD Advisor showing Advanced Playback

Now let’s take look at some screen shots of the drive itself:                                                  


Front Back


Drive Sticker

On the top of the drive we found a sticker that shows the drive was "Made in Japan" and has a production date of September 2009.


Drive Right

Drive Left


Now, let us connect the drive and check out the features, program bundle and writing technology on the next page…