Pioneer DVR-111 DVD Burner Review

 

 

Test machine:


For this review we will be using a computer with the following configuration:

Hardware:

         Motherboard: ASUSTeK A8N-SLI DELUXE (nForce 4 SLI chipset)
         Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3500+ (Venice) 1000 MHz Hyper Transport
         RAM: 2 GB Corsair TWINX 2CL DDR
         GFX: Leadtek Winfast 6600 TD (PCI Express nVidia)
         Sound: SoundBlaster Audigy 2
         Hard disk: 2X 200GB Seagate Barracuda (SATA).

System set-up:

The Pioneer DVR-111 was connected as Secondary Master and identified itself as PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-111. DMA (Direct Memory Access) and autorun was enabled for all devices.

And another screenshot from Nero InfoTool below:

From the screenshot from Nero InfoTool above, we can see the Pioneer DVR-111 supports DVD-RAM read/write, but does not support Mount Rainier. The drive came shipped with firmware version 1.02.

Firmware Update:

We checked Pioneer’s website and found a later firmware version. (1.06) So we proceeded to update the firmware.

Below we can see the firmware update process in action.

Our review PC was restarted after the firmware update process had completed.

We once again run InfoTool to check that the firmware had updated correctly (see the above screenshot).

Installed Software:

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition is installed on the computer along with Service Pack 1 for x64. We will be using the following software in this review:

Features and techniques:


The Pioneer internal design is clean and well constructed.

From the above screenshots we can see that the Pioneer DVR-111 is driven by NEC’s latest chipset, the D63645AGM.

Writing Technology:


In the following tests, we take a look at the disc writing technology used by the Pioneer DVR-111.

For these tests we simply burned a disc with Nero CD-Speed’s ‘create data disc” function.

CD-Recordable:

The Pioneer DVR-111 used CAV (Constant Angular Velocity) to write our CD-R media at 40x, this gave an average write speed of 30.31x and a total writing time of 3 minutes and 15 seconds.

Below we have 3 other drives for comparison.

The Plextor PX-755A uses CAV (Constant Angular Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 48x. This gives an average write speed of 36.68x, and as we can see, it took the PX-755A 2 minutes 44 seconds to write the disc.

The Samsung SE-W164C uses CAV (Constant Angular Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 48x. This gives an average write speed of 37.22x.

The LG GSA-5160D uses Z-CLV, (Zone-Constant Linear Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 40X. The drive wrote the last zone at 40.41X and this gives an average speed of 31.70x.

 For comparison we have made the following table: 

CD-R
Disc
Writing

Supported
Write
Speed

Write
Strategy

Start
Write
Speed

End
Write
 Speed

Average
 Write 
Speed

Write
 Time 
Full 80min

LG
GSA-5160D

40x

Z-CLV
4 zones

15.98x

40.41x

31.70

3m:18s

Asus
DRW-1604P

32x

Z-CLV
3 zones

16.03x

32.66x

24.92x

3m:58s

Samsung
TS-E552U

40x

P-CAV

21.12x

39.59x

34.39x

2m:53s

Philips
DVDR16LS

40x

CAV

17.80x

40.01x

29.51x

3m:24s

NU
HDW-164

40x

CAV

18.60x

41.28x

31.23x

3m:09s

NEC
ND-3540A

48x

CAV

21.44x

48.17x

36.43x

3m:0s

BenQ
DW1640

48x

CAV

18.31x

47.99x

35.20x

2m:57s

Samsung
SH-W162C

48x

CAV

21.74x

48.23x

37.01x

2m:45s

Pioneer
DVR-110

40x

CAV

17.78x

40.79x

30.12x

3m:19s

Lite-On
SHW-16H5S

48x

CAV

20.85x

48.92x

37.10x

2m:38s

Plextor
PX-750A

40x

CAV

17.83x

40.23x

30.23x

3m:14s

Plextor
PX-755A

48x

CAV

21.46x

48.43x

36.68x

2m:43s

Pioneer
DVR-111

40x

CAV

17.95x

40.83x

30.31x

3m:15s

As we can see from the table, the Pioneer DVR-111 was about average when it comes to writing CD-R’s.


CD-Rewritable:

The Pioneer used Z-CLV (Zone Constant Linear Velocity) to write our CD-RW at its maximum speed of 32x, this gave an average write speed of 24.90x and a total writing time of 3 minutes and 49 seconds.

Below are some other drives for comparison.



The Plextor PX-755A uses Z-CLV (Zoned Constant Linear Velocity) to write
CD-RW at its maximum speed of 24x, with an average write speed of 23.51x and a
total write time of 3 minutes and 50 seconds.



The Samsung SE-W164C uses Z-CLV (Zone Constant Linear Velocity) to write
CD-RW media at its maximum speed of 32x, with an average write speed of 28.32x
and a total writing time of 3 minutes 35 seconds.



The NEC
ND-3540A uses Z-CLV, (
Zone-Constant Linear Velocity) writing technology to write at 32X for CD-RW
discs, the average speed is 29.75x.


For a better overview we present the following comparison
table:



















































































































CD-RW
Disc
Writing


Supported
Write
Speed


Write
Strategy


Start
Write
Speed


End
Write
 Speed


Average
 Write 
Speed


Write
 Time 
Full 80min


LG
GSA-5160D


24x


Z-CLV
2 zones


15.99x


23.99x


23.31x


3m:55s


ASUS
DRW-1604P


24x


Z-CLV
3 Zones


15.96x


24.00x


22.46x


4m:07s


Samsung
TS-E552U


32x


P-CAV


21.07x


31.87x


30.26x


3m:05s


Philips
DVDR16LS


24x


P-CAV


17.77x


24.01x


23.15x


3m:58s


NU
HDW-164


24x


P-CAV


15.39x


23.93x


23.16x


3m:49s


NEC
ND-3540A


32x


Z-CLV
4 Zones


20.11x


32.03x


29.75x


3m:32s


BenQ
DW1640


32x


P-CAV


21.26x


31.96x


30.33x


3m:10s


Samsung
SH-W162C


32x


Z-CLV
3 Zones


16.00x


32.02x


28.68x


3m:40s


Pioneer
DVR-110


32x


Z-CLV
3 Zones


16.00x


32.00x


24.90x


4m:03s


Lite-On
SHW-16H5S


24x


Z-CLV
2 Zones


16.01x


24.02x


22.50x


3m:44s


Plextor
PX-750A


24x


CAV


10.69x


23,74x


17.61x


5m:13s


Plextor
PX-755A


24x


Z-CLV
2 Zones


9.10x


24.01x


23.51x


3m:50s


Pioneer
DVR-111


32x


Z-CLV
3 Zones


16.09x


32.01x


24.90x


3m:49s


As we can see from the table, the Pioneer was above average
when writing CD-RW media.






16X DVD+R Writing speed:



The Pioneer DVR-111 uses CAV (Constant Angular Velocity) to write DVD+R at the maximum supported speed
of 16x. This gives an average write speed of 11.60x and a writing time of 6
minutes and 13 seconds.






16X DVD-R Writing speed:



The Pioneer DVR-111 uses CAV (Constant Angular Velocity) to write DVD-R at the maximum supported speed
of 16x. This gives an average write speed of 11.54x and a writing time of 5
minutes and 57 seconds.


Below are some write graphs from some other drives for
comparison.



The NEC 3540A
uses CAV (Constant Angular Velocity) to write DVD+R at 16x. This gives an average writing speed of 11.81x and a writing time of 5 minutes
and 58 seconds.



The Philips DVDR16LS uses CAV, (Constant Angular Velocity) to write DVD+R at 16x. The average speed is
11.33x and total writing time is 6 minutes and 8 seconds. The average speed is
lower and the writing time is higher than it could have been due to the Walking
OPC generation 2 using some time to constantly adjust the writing quality, we
could see this as constant dips in the speed curve.



The LG GSA-4163B uses P-CAV, (Partial-Constant Angular Velocity) to write
DVD-R at 16x. The average speed is 12.90x and total writing time is 5 minutes
and 20 seconds.


Below, we made a comparison table:



































































































16x
DVDR
Disc
Writing


Supported
Write
Speed


Write
Strategy


Start
Write
Speed


End
Write
 Speed


Average
 Write 
Speed


Write
 Time 
Full 4.38Gb


LG
GSA-5160D


16x
+R
8x ‘“R


Z-CLV


6.00x
6.00x


15.88x
8.01x


11.60x
7.80x


6m:12s
8m:02s


ASUS
DRW-1604P


16x
+R
16x ‘“R


Z-CLV
4 Zones


6.01x
5.99x


16.04x
15.84x


10.29x
10.32x


6m:48s
6m:53s


Philips
DVDR16LS


16x
+R
8x ‘“R


CAV
P-CAV


5.80x
6.70x


12.18x
8.01x


11.33x
7.80x


6m:08s
8m:12s


NEC
ND-3540A


16x
+R
16x ‘“R


CAV
CAV


6.70x
6.69x


16.06x
16.07x


11.81x
11.80x


5m:58s
5m:52s


BenQ
DW1640


16x
+R
16x ‘“R


CAV
CAV


5.70x
5.32x


15.95x
15.99x


11.53x
11.41x


5m:44s
6m:06s


Samsung
SH-W162C


16x
+R
16x ‘“R


CAV
CAV


6.70x
6.69x


16.04x
16.05x


11.78x
11.68x


5m:37s
5m:53s


Pioneer
DVR-110


16x
+R
16x ‘“R


CAV
CAV


6.32x
6.72x


16.09x
11.72x


11.62x
11.59x


6m:09s
6m:01s


Lite-On
SHW-16H5S


16x
+R
16x ‘“R


CAV
CAV


6.68x
6.68x


16.00x
15.96x


11.96x
11.93x


5m:59s
5m:56s


Plextor
PX-750A


16x
+R
16x ‘“R


CAV
CAV


6.72x
6.64x


15.75x
16.01x


11.84x
11.83x


6m:13s
5m:58s


Plextor
PX-755A


16x
+R
16x ‘“R


CAV
CAV


6.68x
6.71x


16.01x
12.07x


11.28x
11.17x


6m:02s
6m:27s


Pioneer
DVR-111


16x
+R
16x ‘“R


CAV
CAV


6.67x
6.68x


15.98x
11.49x


11.60x
11.54x


6m:13s
5m:57s


From the table above, we can see that the Pioneer DVR-111 is
about average when it comes to burning DVD±R media.






8X DVD+RW writing speed:



The Pioneer DVR-111 uses Z-CLV, (Zone Constant Linear Velocity) to write
DVD+RW at 8x. The average speed is 7.83x and total writing time is 7 minutes and
26 seconds.


Below are two drives for comparison.



The Lite-On SHW-16H5S uses Z-CLV, (Zone-Constant Linear Velocity) to write
DVD+RW at 8x. The average speed is 7.74x and total writing time is 7 minutes and
35 seconds.



The NEC ND-4550A uses Z-CLV, (Zone-Constant Linear Velocity) to write
DVD+RW at 8x. The average speed is 7.98x and total writing time is 7 minutes and
15 seconds.


We made the table below for easy comparison.











































DVD+RW
Drive


Writing
Speed


Average
Speed


Writing
Time


Samsung
SE-W164C


8x
Z-CLV


7.52x


7m:52s


NEC
ND-4550A


8x
Z-CLV


7.98x


7m:15s


Pioneer
DVR-110


8x
Z-CLV


7.81x


8m:43s


Lite-On
SHW-16H5S


8x
Z-CLV


7.74x


7m:35s


Plextor
PX-750A


8x
Z-CLV


7.69x


7m:38s


Plextor
PX-755A


8x
P-CAV


7.88x


7m:18s


Pioneer
DVR-111


8x
Z-CLV


7.83x


7m:26s


The Pioneer DVR-111 was above average when it came to
writing DVD+RW at 8x.






6X DVD-RW writing speed:



The Pioneer DVR-111 uses CLV, (Constant Linear Velocity) to write DVD-RW at 6x. The average speed is
6.01x and the total writing time is 9 minutes and 56 seconds.


Below are two other drives for comparison.



The Lite-On SHW-16H5S uses Z-CLV, (Zone-Constant Linear Velocity) to write
DVD-RW at 6x. The average speed is 5.83x and total writing time is 10 minutes
and 55 seconds.



The NEC ND-4550A uses Z-CLV, (Zoned Constant Linear Velocity) to write
DVD-RW at 6x. The average speed is 5.80x and total writing time is 11 minutes 6
seconds.


We present the table below for easy comparison.











































DVD-RW
Drive


Writing
Speed


Average
Speed


Writing
Time


Samsung
SE-W164C


6x
Z-CLV


5.88x


10m:23s


NEC
ND-4550A


6x
Z-CLV


5.80x


11m:06s


Pioneer
DVR-110


6x
CLV


6.01x


9m:53s


Lite-On
SHW-16H5S


6x
Z-CLV


5.83x


10m:55s


Plextor
PX-750A


6x
CLV


5.92x


10m:37s


Plextor
PX-755A


6x
CLV


6.03x


10m:20s


Pioneer
DVR-111


6x
CLV


6.01x


9m:56s


The Pioneer DVR-111 was one of the fastest drives when
writing DVD-RW media






8X DVD+R DL writing speed:



The Pioneer DVR-111 uses Z-CLV, (Zone Constant Linear Velocity) to write
DVD+R DL at 8x. The average speed is 7.30x and total writing time is 17:03
minutes.


Below are three other drives for comparison.



The Plextor PX-755A used P-CAV, (Partial Constant Angular Velocity) to write
the Verbatim DVD+R DL disc at 10x. The average speed was 8.61x and the total
writing time was 14 minutes and 14 seconds.



The NEC ND-4550A uses Z-CLV (Zone
Constant Linear Velocity) to write DVD+R DL media at 8x which gives an
average write speed of 6.55x and a total write time of 18 minutes and 40
seconds.



The BenQ DW1640 uses P-CAV (Partial Constant Angular Velocity) to write
DVD+R DL at its maximum speed of 8x. This gives an average write speed of 7.32x
and a total write time of 15 minutes and 36 seconds.






8X DVD-R DL writing speed:



The Pioneer DVR-111 uses Z-CLV, (Zone Constant Linear Velocity) to write
DVD-R DL at 8x. This gives an average writing speed of 7.40x and a total write
time of 16 minutes and 57 seconds.


Below are three other drives for comparison.



The Plextor PX-755A used CLV, (Constant inear Velocity) to
write the Verbatim DVD-R DL disc at 4x. The average speed was 5.35x and the
total writing time was 21 minutes and 14 seconds



The Lite-On SHW-16H5S used CLV, (Constant Linear Velocity) to write the Verbatim DVD-R DL disc at 4x. The
average speed was 4.02x and the total writing time was 27 minutes and 32
seconds.



The Pioneer DVR-110 uses Z-CLV, (Zone Constant Linear Velocity) to write
DVD-R DL at 8x. This gives an average writing speed of 7.06x and a total write
time of 17 minutes and 55 seconds.




The NEC ND-4550A uses Z-CLV (Zone
Constant Linear Velocity) to write DVD-R DL media at 6x which gives an
average write speed of 5.67x and a total write time of 20 minutes and 41
seconds.


We present the table below for easy comparison.



















































 Drive


Size


Writing
Speed


Writing
Time


Book
Type


NEC
ND-4550A


8152MB


DVD+R DL 8x
DVD-R DL
6x


18m:40s
20m:41s


DVD-ROM
DVD-R


BenQ
DW1640A


8152MB


DVD+R DL 8x
DVD-R DL
4x


15m:36s
29m:56s


DVD-ROM
DVD-R


Pioneer
DVR-110


8152MB


DVD+R DL 8x
DVD-R DL
8x


18m:06s
17m:55s


DVD-ROM
DVD-R


Lite-On
SHW-16H5S


8152MB


DVD+R DL 4x
DVD-R DL
4x


27m:42s
27m:32s


DVD-ROM
DVD-R


Plextor
PX-750A


8152MB


DVD+R DL 8x
DVD-R DL
4x


17m:51s
27m:58s


DVD-ROM
DVD-R


Plextor
PX-755A


8152MB


DVD+R DL 10x
DVD-R DL
4x


14m:14s
21m:14s


DVD-ROM
DVD-R


Pioneer
DVR-111


8152MB


DVD+R DL 8x
DVD-R DL
8x


17m:03s
16m:57s


DVD-ROM
DVD-R


With its 8x DVD-R DL write speed, the Pioneer DVR-111 was
the fastest drive writing our test DVD-R DL media, and was around average when
writing our DVD+R DL media.






5x DVD-RAM writing speed:


According to the specifications of the Pioneer DVDR-111 it
should be able to write DVD-RAM media at 5x.
For this
test we used Nero CD-DVD Speed to create a test disc. To test the drives maximum
write speed, we turned off ‘write with Verify”



The Pioneer DVR-111 uses CLV (Constant Linear Velocity) to write DVD-RAM at its maximum speed of 5x.
This resulted in an average write speed of 4.83x and a total write time of 11
minutes 30 seconds.


Below are three other drives for comparison.



The Plextor PX-750A uses CLV (Constant Linear Velocity) to write DVD-RAM at its maximum speed of 5x.
This resulted in an average write speed of 4.98x and a total write time of 11
minutes and 8 seconds



The NEC ND-4550A uses CLV (Constant Linear Velocity) to write DVD-RAM at its maximum speed of 5x.
This gives an average write speed of 4.87x and a total write time of 11 minutes
28 seconds.



The LG GSA-4167B uses P-CAV (Partial Constant Angular Velocity) to write
DVD-RAM at its maximum write speed of 5x. This gives an average write speed of
4.57x and a total write time of 12 minutes 28 seconds.


We included the table below for easy comparison.

































DVD-RAM
Drive


Writing
Speed


Average
Speed


Writing
Time


NEC
ND-4550A


5x
CLV


4.87x


11m:28s


LG
GSA 4167B


5x
P-CAV


4.57x


12m:28s


Pioneer
DVR-110


5x
CLV


4.83x


11m:28s


Plextor
PX-750A


5x
CLV


4.98x


11m:08s


Pioneer
DVR-111


5x
CLV


4.83x


11m:30s


The Pioneer DVR-111 was around average when writing DVD-RAM
at 5x


Book type (Bitsetting):


The Pioneer DVR-111 supports auto Bitsetting, and supports
DVD+R DL media with DVD-ROM book type.


Here is how you could check if your discs are really written
with DVD-ROM book type:


Start Nero CD-DVD Speed and click the Disc info button and
you should get the following screen:



DVD+R DL with
book type DVD-ROM.


Another quick test is to start Nero CD-Speed and look at the
disc information:



This should
say DVD-ROM.


Now let us
take a look at the reading performance of the Pioneer DVR-111  on the next
page….