Pioneer DVR-111 DVD Burner Review

 




 


The specifications of the
Pioneer DVR-111 state that the drive is able to write CD-R discs at 40x and
CD-RW at 32x. Let us find out how the drive really performs in speed and
quality.


Writing Data CD-R
discs:






For our data writing
tests, we simply set up a new compilation of 703Mb using Nero Burning ROM
software. Writing method used is DAO (Disc At Once), and
the disc is set up as a non-multisession disc with ‘finalize disc” enabled. The
screenshot below shows how long it takes to write a disc at the highest speed.
(40x):



The drive took 3 minutes
and 28 seconds to write the disc at 40x. Let us see how this compares to other
drives in the table below:































































Nero Burning
Rom
CD-R


Write
Speed


Total
Time


NU
DHW-164


40x


3m:12s


Philips
DVDR16LS


40x


3m:26s


Samsung
TS-E552U


40x


2m:52s


LG
GSA-4163B


40x


3m:15s


NEC
ND-3540A


48x


3m:04s


Sony
DRU-810A


48x


3m:01s


BenQ
DW1640


48x


2m:48s


Lite-On
SHW-1635S


48x


2m:39s


Samsung
SH-W162C


48x


2m:52s


Pioneer
DVR-110


40x


3m:22s


Lite-On
SHW-16H5S


48x


3m:20s


Plextor
PX-750A


40x


3m:16s


Plextor
PX-755A


48x


2m:43s


Pioneer
DVR-111


40x


3m:28x


Write
Quality:






We will test CD-R discs
from many different CD-R manufacturers. To really measure the write speed, we
used the ‘create data CD” function in Nero CD-Speed. The discs were written at
the maximum speed that the drive supports. For the quality test, we used K-Probe
2 which is a tool developed by a Lite-On employee. It runs under Windows and
works with drives made by Lite-On. Also note that different drives and different
reading speeds may affect the results obtained when scanning the discs. We used
a Lite-On SOHR-5238S drive with firmware 4S09 and scanned the discs at 48X
speed.


A written CD-R disc will
always have some C1 errors; C1 errors are easily corrected by the drive’s error
correction capabilities. The next level of errors is C2, while C2 errors could
also be corrected by most drive’s error correction capabilities; they are not
wanted on a good quality disc. A good disc should not contain any C2 errors, and
preferably have an average C1 error amount of below 2.0 for the best discs, or
at least below 10.0 averages for good quality discs. After C2 errors, there are
only un-correctable errors that will make a disc unusable.


Below are the obtained
results:




 



































Brand:


Unbranded
Printable. Thanks to SVP UK for sending us this media


Manufacturer:


Taiyo
Yuden


Code:


97m24s01f


Disc
Type:


CD-R


Recording
Layer:


Dye Type 1: Long
Strategy (Cyanine, AZO)


Capacity:


79:59.72
(703MB)


Certified
Speed:


48x


Write
Speed:


40x
(CAV)


Write
Time:


3m:18s


C1
Average/Sec:


0.12


C2
Average/Sec:


0.0


Media made by Taiyo Yuden
have always had a good reputation and with the average C1 errors of 0.12 it goes
into the group ‘
best
quality disc” category. Highly recommended!






 



































Brand:


RICOH ‘“ Thanks to
RICOH Europe (BV) for sending us this media.


Manufacturer:


Moser Baer India
Limited


Code:


97m17s06f


Disc
Type:


CD-R


Recording
Layer:


Dye Type 6: Short
Strategy (Phthalocyanine)


Capacity:


79:59.74
(703MB)


Certified
Speed:


1x-52x


Write
Speed:


40x
(CAV)


Write
Time:


3m:18s


C1
Average/Sec:


4.24


C2
Average/Sec:


0.0


RICOH media ‘“ manufactured
by Moser Baer India Limited and with its average of 4.24 it goes in the
good quality disc”
category











































Brand:


Verbatim Super AZ0+Crystal DL ‘“ Thanks to Verbatim UK
for sending us this media.


Manufacturer:


Mitsubishi Chemicals Corporation


Code:


97m34s23f


Disc Type:


CD-R


Recording Layer:


Dye Type 3: Long Strategy (Cyanine, AZO)


Capacity:


79:59.70 (703MB)


Certified Speed:


52x


Write Speed:


32x (P-CAV)


Write Time:


3m:24s


C1 Average/Sec:


1.57


C2 Average/Sec:


0.0


The result on this
Verbatim Super AZO+Crystal DL disc is very good. With a C1 error average of
1.57, this disc goes into our ‘best quality disc” category. Highly recommended!
However the disc was only written at 32x











































Brand:


Emegton. Thanks to
Bell Technology for sending us this media


Manufacturer:


Fornet
International


Code:


97m26s07f


Disc
Type:


CD-R


Recording
Layer:


Dye Type 1: Long
Strategy (Cyanine, AZO)


Capacity:


79:59.72
(703MB)


Certified
Speed:


56x


Write
Speed:


32x
(Z-CLV)


Write
Time:


4m:04s


C1
Average/Sec:


1.83


C2
Average/Sec:


0.0


Another excellent result
from the Emgeton branded CD-R media manufactured by Fornet International. With
its C1 average of 1.83, it places this disc in our ‘best quality disc” category.
However the disc was only written at 32x










































Brand:


Traxdata ‘“ Thanks
to Conrexx (NL)
for sending us this media.


Manufacturer:


RiTEK


Code:


97m15s17f


Disc
Type:


CD-R


Recording
Layer:


Dye Type 7: Short
Strategy (Phthalocyanine)


Capacity:


79:59.70
(703MB)


Certified
Speed:


52x


Write
Speed:


32x
(Z-CLV)


Write
Time:


4m:04s


C1
Average/Sec:


0.80


C2
Average/Sec:


0.0


The Traxdata CD-R
manufactured by RITEK, with its C1 average of 1.08 places this disc in our ‘best
quality disc” category. Highly recommended! However the disc was only written at
32x









































Brand:


BenQ ‘“ Thanks to
Daxon (Taiwan) for sending us this media.


Manufacturer:


Daxon


Code:


97m22s67f


Disc
Type:


CD-R


Recording
Layer:


Dye Type 7: Short
Strategy (Phthalocyanine)


Capacity:


79:59.70
(703MB)


Certified
Speed:


48x


Write
Speed:


32x
(Z-CLV)


Write
Time:


4m:05s


C1
Average/Sec:


0.47


C2
Average/Sec:


0.0


Another excellent burn,
with a C1 average of 0.47, this places this disc in our ‘best quality disc”
category. Highly recommended! However the disc was only written at
32x










































Brand:


HP ‘“ Thanks to
Medea International (UK) for sending us this media.


Manufacturer:


CMC
Magnetics


Code:


97m26s66f


Disc
Type:


CD-R


Recording
Layer:


Dye Type 6: Short
Strategy (Phthalocyanine)


Capacity:


79:59.71 (703
MB)


Certified
Speed:


52x


Write
Speed:


40x
(CAV)


Write
Time:


3m:15s


C1
Average/Sec:


1.33


C2
Average/Sec:


0.0


Once again we have an
excellent result, with a C1 average of 1.33, this places the HP CD-R
manufactured by CMC Magnetics in our ‘best quality disc” category. Highly
recommended!











































Brand:


Infiniti Printable
‘“ Thanks to Medea
International (UK) for sending us this
media.


Manufacturer:


SKC


Code:


97m26s26f


Disc
Type:


CD-R


Recording
Layer:


Dye Type 6: Short
Strategy (Phthalocyanine)


Capacity:


79:59.09 (703
MB)


Certified
Speed:


52x


Write
Speed:


40x
(CAV)


Write
Time:


3m:16s


C1
Average/Sec:


0.84


C2
Average/Sec:


0.0


Another good result, with
a C1 average of only 0.84, this places this disc in our ‘best quality disc”
category. Highly Recommended!










































Brand:


Verbatim Super AZO ‘“ Thanks to Verbatim UK for sending
us this media


Manufacturer:


Mitsubishi Chemicals Corporation


Code:


97m34s23f


Disc Type:


CD-R


Recording Layer:


Dye Type 3: Long Strategy (Cyanine, AZO)


Capacity:


79:59.70 (703MB)


Certified Speed:


48x


Write Speed:


32x (P-CAV)


Write Time:


3m:24s


C1 Average/Sec:


0.46


C2 Average/Sec:


0.0


Another excellent result,
with an C1 average of 0.46, this places this disc in our ‘best disc’s” category.
Highly recommended!






Writing
Quality with Re-Writable discs:






Due to
requests from our readers, we will add a few write quality tests with
re-writable media. Settings and testing procedures are the same as used earlier
in this review, so you may want to go back and read them if you are unsure. All
discs used for these tests have been written to before, but none have been
written to more than 5 times.


CD-ReWritable
media:





































Brand:


Verbatim Ultra
speed 32x ‘“ Thanks to Verbatim UK for sending us this
media.


Manufacturer:


Mitsubishi
Chemicals Corporation


Code:


97m34s25f


Disc
Type:


Ultra Speed CD-RW
32x


Recording
Layer:


Phase
Change


Capacity:


79:59.74
(703MB)


Certified
Speed:


32x


Write
Speed:


32x
(Z-CLV)


Write
Time:


3m:49s


C1
Average/Sec:


139.80


C2
Average/Sec:


0.05


C1 errors are very high
and we have C2 errors, a poor result.







 



































Brand:


Daxon Ultra Speed ‘“
Thanks to Daxon (Taiwan) for sending us this media.


Manufacturer:


Daxon


Code:


97m22s60f


Disc
Type:


Ultra Speed CD-RW
24x


Recording
Layer:


Phase
Change


Capacity:


79:59.74
(703MB)


Certified
Speed:


24x


Write
Speed:


24x
(Z-CLV)


Write
Time:


4m:03s


C1
Average/Sec:


135.00


C2
Average/Sec:


0.67


Again we
have high C1 errors and there are C2 errors, a poor result.










































Brand:


Traxdata ‘“ Thanks
to Conrexx Europe for sending us this media.


Manufacturer:


RiTEK


Code:


97m10s00f


Disc
Type:


High Speed CD-RW
12x


Recording
Layer:


Phase
Change


Capacity:


79:59.74
(703MB)


Certified
Speed:


12x


Write
Speed:


10x
(CLV)


Write
Time:


8m:38s


C1
Average/Sec:


5.44


C2
Average/Sec:


0.0


C1 errors
are low and there are no C2 errors, with a C1 average of 5.44, this places this
disc in our ‘good disc” category.






Summary:

The Pioneer
DVR-111 writes CD-R with very good quality, but media compatibility could be
better. The Pioneer DVR-111 had problems writing our ‘ultra speed” CD-RW media.
This is something we would like to see improved.


So let us head on to
next page and read about DVD-Writing
performance…