Pioneer DVR-111 DVD Burner Review

 




 


Reading
performance:






For these tests we will
use Nero CD/DVD-Speed to read various CD and DVD’s, including audio discs and
DVD-media. As already mentioned in the introduction, this drive
supports:



  • DVD-ROM :
    16x

  • CD-ROM :
    40x 

Pressed
discs:


For this test we used a
pressed CD-ROM disc containing the Roxio Media Creator 7.5 install CD that is
close to 75 minutes in length. Below you will see the produced
result:



The Pioneer DVR-111
reached 41.95x, and will reach faster speeds on a full disc. Let’s compare the
result in the table below:



















































































































Pressed
Discs


Average
Read
Speed


Start
 Read 
Speed


End
 Read 
Speed


Seek
Times
 Random


Seek
 Times 
1/3


Seek
 Times 
Full


Aopen
DUW1608/ARR


37.34x


21.29x


49.42x


105ms


118ms


196ms


LG
GSA-5163D


30.73x


16.88x


40.47x


108ms


105ms


128ms


Lite-On
SHOW-1673S


36.44x


21.36x


48.13x


118ms


133ms


207ms


Pioneer
DVR-109D


30.77x


18.18x


24.51x


96ms


110ms


182ms


BenQ
DW1625


30.74x


15.39x


38.87x


99ms


112ms


161ms


NEC
ND-3540A


34.82x


19.88x


46.09x


122ms


132ms


210ms


BenQ
DW1640


36.58x


20.82x


47.67x


107ms


123ms


175ms


Samsung
SH-W162C


35.56x


15.93x


47.11x


94ms


96ms


171ms


Pioneer
DVR-110


31.66x


18.25x


41.76x


98ms


114ms


194ms


Lite-On
SHW-16H5S


36.41x


21.58x


48.248


110ms


125ms


196ms


Plextor
PX-750A


29.65x


16.64x


39.23x


107mx


119ms


196ms


Plextor
PX-755A


36.61x


21.15x


48.51x


98ms


117ms


175ms


Pioneer
DVR-111


31.64x


18.10x


41.95x


106ms


122ms


198ms


The Pioneer DVR-11 was
around average reading a pressed CD-ROM.






CD-Recordable
Discs:


For this test we made a
copy of the original Roxio Media Creator 7.5 install CD. The disc we used was a
Ricoh 52X certified CD-R disc manufactured by Moser Baer India. 



As we can see from the
above screenshot, the Pioneer DVR-111 reached 41.16x when reading CD-R. This
gives an average read speed of 31.30x.


Now let us compare with
the drives below.



















































































































CD-R
Discs


Average 
Read
Speed


Start
 Read 
Speed


End
 Read 
Speed


Seek
Times
 Random


Seek
 Times 
1/3


Seek
 Times 
Full


LG
GSA-5160D


30.53x


16.83x


40.27x


116ms


118ms


128ms


ASUS
DRW-1604P


30.96x


18.26x


40.81x


125ms


143ms


282ms


Samsung
TS-E552U


36.65x


21.28x


48.33x


92ms


95ms


163ms


Philips
DVDR16LS


30.69x


17.68x


40.44x


126ms


137ms


175ms


NU
HDW-164


32.20x


18.48x


42.65


N/A*


N/A*


N/A*


NEC
ND-3540A


35.68x


20.76x


47.06x


128ms


130ms


213ms


BenQ
DW1640


36.57x


20.92x


48.09x


203ms


233ms


239ms


Samsung
SH-W162C


30.66x


17.98x


40.43


90ms


92ms


161ms


Pioneer
DVR-110


31.32x


17.91x


41.29x


103ms


116ms


192ms


Lite-On
SHW-16H5S


36.84x


21.61x


48.62x


115ms


126ms


203ms


Plextor
PX-750A


29.65x


17.25x


39.12x


124ms


140ms


307ms


Plextor
PX-755A


35.85x


20.85x


47.33x


121ms


197ms


310ms


Pioneer
DVR-111


31.30x


17.63x


41.16x


111ms


129ms


205ms


Once again the Pioneer
DVR-111 was around average for reading CD-R media.


* Some drives
including the NU HDW-164 will simply execute the seek command without actually
moving the pickup.






CD-Rewritable
discs:


Again, we made a copy of
the original Roxio Media Creator 7.5 install CD; this time we used a Verbatim
Ultra Speed (32X) CD-RW disc made by Mitsubishi Chemicals
Corporation.



As we can see above, the
Pioneer DVR-111 is speed locked to 32x when reading CD-RW; now let us compare it
to other drives below.



















































































































CD-RW
Discs


Average 
Read
Speed


Start
 Read 
Speed


End
 Read 
Speed


Seek
Times
 Random


Seek
 Times 
1/3


Seek
 Times 
Full


LG
GSA-5160D


30.54x


16.59x


40.43x


119ms


116ms


129ms


ASUS
DRW-1604P


25.32x


14.63x


33.52x


129ms


149ms


288ms


Samsung
TS-E552U


23.99x


14.02x


31.63x


86ms


95ms


162ms


Philips
DVDR16LS


30.70x


17.71x


40.55x


131ms


149ms


179ms


NU
HDW-164


32.20x


18.17x


42.53x


N/A*


N/A*


N/A*


NEC
ND-3540A


30.76x


18.02x


40.08x


132ms


128ms


213ms


BenQ
DW1640


31.36x


17.47x


41.46x


105ms


116ms


250ms


Samsung
SH-W162C


30.67x


17.89x


40.44x


89ms


92ms


161ms


Pioneer
DVR-110


25.00x


14.63x


32.91x


100ms


114ms


191ms


Lite-On
SHW-16H5S


25.68x


15.01x


33.91x


115ms


127ms


205ms


Plextor
PX-750A


29.68x


17.23x


39.21x


119ms


132ms


220ms


Plextor
PX-755A


31.69x


18.46x


41.85x


98ms


115ms


182ms


Pioneer
DVR-111


24.99x


14.55x


33.01x


107ms


123ms


194ms


The Pioneer DVR-111 was
around average when reading CD-RW media.


* Some
drives including the NU HDW-164 will simply execute the seek command without
actually moving the pickup.






100
minutes CD:


We used Nero CD-DVD Speed
to measure the transfer rate. The 100 min disc we used is slightly larger than
the disc used for the other tests, to be exact it is 97 minutes and 50 seconds
long.



As we can see, the
Pioneer DVR-111 had no problems in reading the disc, but an error occurred
during the seek tests.






Audio ‘“
Digital Audio Extraction:


To test the digital audio
extraction performance of the Pioneer DVR-111, again we used Nero CD/DVD-Speed
to measure the transfer rate. The audio disc we used is slightly larger than the
disc used for the other tests, to be exact it’s nearly 79 minutes in length
(78:53:31).



The Pioneer DVR-111
reached 41.80x when reading our Audio-CD; let us compare the result with other
drives:



















































































































Audio
Discs


Average 
Read
Speed


Start
 Read 
Speed


End
 Read 
Speed


Seek
Times
 Random


Seek
 Times 
1/3


Seek
 Times 
Full


LG
GSA-5160D


31.27x


16.81x


41.20x


118ms


124ms


115ms


ASUS
DRW-1604P


31.10x


19.91x


41.38x


125ms


146ms


286ms


Samsung
TS-E552U


37.53x


19.73x


49.76x


85ms


97ms


171ms


Philips
DVDR16LS


31.44x


17.75x


41.69x


107ms


124ms


176ms


NU
HDW-164


32.98x


18.32x


43.70x


N/A*


N/A*


N/A*


NEC
ND-3540A


31.43x


18.00x


40.16x


119ms


135ms


217ms


BenQ
DW1640


37.15x


20.94x


49.23x


171ms


200ms


184ms


Samsung
SH-W162C


31.39x


17.70x


41.63x


86ms


100ms


177ms


Pioneer
DVR-110


31.81x


17.47x


42.76x


103ms


116ms


195ms


Lite-On
SHW-16H5S


37.48x


21.71x


49.71x


111ms


125ms


203ms


Plextor

PX-750A


29.97x


17.13x


39.98x


119ms


139ms


297ms


Plextor
PX-755A


32.11x


18.26x


42.58x


99ms


109ms


172ms


Pioneer
DVR-111


31.05x


17.67x


41.80x


108ms


124ms


201ms


The Pioneer DVR-111
performed about average reading the Audio-CD.


* Some
drives including the NU HDW-164 will simply execute the seek command without
actually moving the pickup.


For this test we used EAC
(Exact Audio Copy) to test the drives Audio extraction performance. As we can
see from the screenshot below, the drive supports accurate stream and caching.



Below is the results
produced by EAC:



 Burst
mode



 Secure
mode


The drive performed very
well in burst mode, but was much slower in secure mode.






Advanced
audio ‘“ DAE quality test:


Before we move on to
testing DVD read speeds, we will take a last audio test, and this time we used
the ‘Advanced DAE Quality Test” feature in CD-Speed. For this test we used a
CD-R media from RICOH (Thanks to RICOH Europe (BV) for sending us this
media).




The extracting quality is
excellent, but the drive had a few problems with the copy on the fly
tests.


DVD
reading performance:






Again, we
will use Nero CD-Speed to measure the reading performance, this time for various
types of DVD discs. The drive should read pressed single layer DVD-discs at
16X.


DVD ‘“
DVD-Video:


For our DVD reading
performance tests we are going to start with a single and Double Layered DVD
video discs. While only 1X speed is required to watch DVD movies, it’s useful to
be able to read the discs at higher speeds if you’re going to extract (rip) the
content of the disc to your hard drive.



DVD-Video Single Layer


 
DVD-Video Double Layer (OPT)



DVD-Video Double Layer (PTP)


The Pioneer DVR-111 is
not RIPLOCKED and reads a pressed DVD-Video at up to 16x for a Single Layer
disc, and at 12x for a Double Layer disc.


Now let us test a pressed
DVD-ROM disc. For this test we used the ‘Plextor PX-716A” install DVD, which is
around 4.37 Gigabyte in size.



As we can see from the
above screenshot, the Pioneer DVR-111 reads a DVD-ROM at 16x.



















































































































DVD
Video


Average 
Read
Speed
(SL)


Start
 Read 
Speed
(SL)


End
 Read 
Speed
(SL)


Average 
Read
Speed
(DL)


Start
 Read 
Speed
(DL)


End
 Read 
Speed
(DL)


LG
GSA-5160D


7.60x


4.12x


10.13x


6.14x


3.38x


8.16x


ASUS
DRW-1604P


3.92x


2.17x


5.25x


3.94x


2.19x


5.25x


Samsung
TS-E552U


11.50x


6.78x


13.11x


6.41x


3.57x


8.51x


Philips
DVDR16LS


11.97x


6.61x


15.97x


6.02x


3.35x


8.01x


NU
HDW-164


6.40x


3.54x


8.53x


5.87x


3.26x


7.81x


NEC
ND-3540A


5.94x


3.32x


7.93x


5.45x


3.03x


7.24x


BenQ
DW1640


11.86x


6.59x


15.79x


9.01x


5.03x


12.00x


Samsung
SH-W162C


12.06x


6.73x


16.08x


6.41x


3.57x


8.51x


Pioneer
DVR-110


11.99x


6.41x


15.99x


9.35x


5.30x


12.45x


Lite-On
SHW-16H5S


12.14x


6.81x


16.18x


6.11x


2.65x


8.13x


Plextor
PX-750A


11.92x


6.63x


15.89x


5.91x


3.34x


7.86x


Plextor
PX-755A


11.93x


6.64x


15.91x


8.92x


5.03x


11.86x


Pioneer
DVR-111


11.99x


6.32x


15.94x


9.35x


5.30x


12.42x


The Pioneer DVR-111
performed well with our SL DVD-Video test. It was one of the fastest drives at
reading a pressed SL DVD-Video disc. With the Double Layer DVD-Video it was also
among the fastest drives.


DVD
‘“ DVD+R/RW:






For this test we used a
Verbatim 16X DVD+R and a Verbatim 8X DVD+RW with about 4.4GB of data. Below are
the results:



DVD+R


 
DVD+RW



























































































































DVD+R
DVD+RW


Average 
Read
Speed
(+R)


Start
 Read 
Speed
(+R)


End
 Read 
Speed
(+R)


Average 
Read
Speed
(+RW)


Start
 Read 
Speed
(+RW)


End
 Read 
Speed
(+RW)


Lite-On
SHOW-1653S


6.19x


3.42x


8.28x


6.23x


3.46x


8.33x


LG
GSA-5160D


7.66x


4.11x


10.23x


6.15x


3.32x


8.21x


ASUS
DRW-1604P


9.35x


5.19x


12.52x


6.26x


3.48x


8.36x


Samsung
TS-E522U


6.23x


3.44x


8.32x


6.22x


3.43x


8.31x


Philips
DVDR16LS


6.24x


3.42x


8.34x


6.24x


3.42x


8.34x


NU
DHW-164


6.47x


3.53x


8.63x


6.46x


3.52x


8.65x


NEC
ND-3540A


11.99x


6.56x


16.05x


9.87x


5.45x


13.18x


BenQ
DW1640


12.10x


6.59x


16.22x


9.37x


5.12x


12.56x


Samsung
SE-W164C


9.11x


5.02x


12.19x


6.22x


3.43x


8.32x


Pioneer
DVR-110


9.36x


5.20x


12.16x


6.25x


3.46x


8.43x


Lite-On
SHW-16H5S


12.19x


6.61x


16.29x


9.23x


5.13x


12.33x


Plextor
PX-750A


7.46x


4.12x


9.98x


5.96x


3.27x


7.97x


Plextor
PX-755A


9.07x


4.98x


12.12x


9.05x


4.95x


12.12x


Pioneer
DVR-111


9.36x


5.19x


12.47x


6.25x


3.46x


8.35x


The Pioneer DVR-111 read
speed is locked at 12x when reading DVD+R media and 8x reading DVD+RW media. The
performance was around average.


DVD
‘“ DVD-R/RW:






For this test we used a
Verbatim 16X DVD-R disc and a Verbatim 6X DVD-RW disc filled with about 4.4GB of
data. Our test results are found below:



DVD-R


 
DVD-RW



























































































































DVD-R
DVD-RW


Average 
Read
Speed
(-R)


Start
 Read 
Speed
(-R)


End
 Read 
Speed
(-R)


Average 
Read
Speed
(-RW)


Start
 Read 
Speed
(-RW)


End
 Read 
Speed
(-RW)


Lite-On
SHOW-1653S


6.05x


3.34x


8.09x


6.05x


3.35x


8.09x


LG
GSA-5160D


7.67x


4.12x


10.25x


6.14x


3.31x


8.21x


ASUS
DRW-1604P


9.37x


5.22x


12.52x


6.25x


3.46x


8.35x


Samsung
TS-E522U


6.19x


3.41x


8.27x


6.22x


3.43x


8.32x


Philips
DVDR16LS


6.23x


3.40x


8.33x


6.24x


3.41x


8.34x


NU
DHW-164


6.46x


3.49x


8.66x


6.46x


3.49x


8.64x


NEC
ND-3540A


12.01x


6.58x


16.06x


9.85x


5.42x


13.16x


BenQ
DW1640


12.09x


6.59x


16.17x


9.34x


5.11x


12.50x


Samsung
SE-W164C


9.11x


5.03x


12.18x


6.22x


3.44x


8.31x


Pioneer
DVR-110


9.36x


5.17x


12.14x


6.23x


3.43x


8.35x


Lite-On
SHW-16H5S


9.22x


5.08x


12.33x


9.21x


5.05x


12.33x


Plextor
PX-750A


7.46x


4.11x


9.96x


5.96x


3.26x


7.97x


Plextor
PX-755A


9.09x


4.99x


12.12x


9.05x


4.92x


12.12x


Pioneer
DVR-111


9.36x


5.20x


12.58x


6.24x


3.45x


8.34x


The Pioneer DVR-111 once
again performed averagely when reading DVD-R/RW media.


Overall
thoughts:


Overall reading
performance is good, we would have liked faster DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW read
speeds. During our tests, the Pioneer DVR-111 proved to be a reliable
reader.


But now it’s time to
head on to a more interesting part: Writing CD-R and CD-RW
discs…