Pioneer DVR-111 DVD Burner Review

 




 


DVD+R/-R Double Layer writing
speed and compatibility:






The Pioneer DVR-111
supports the DVD+R DL/-R DL standard for writing Double Layer/Dual Layer discs
with a size around 8.5 GB at a writing speed of 8x. Let us first take a look at
the media we will use:


Let’s find
the manufacturer and media information too, for this we will use Nero CD-DVD
Speed version 4.50:




Verbatim 2.4x ‘“
Manufactured by Mitsubishi Kagaku Media. Thanks to Verbatim for sending us this
media.








Ricoh JPN D00,
manufactured by Ricoh. Thanks to Ricoh Europe for sending us this
media.








Infiniti reference series
– Manufactured by CMC Magnetics. Thanks to Medea International UK for sending us
this media.






Testing
procedure:

We
created an ISO Image from a pre-authored DVD-Video compliant file set, with a
total on-disc size of 8146 MB. We then wrote this image file using Nero Burning
ROM 6. Below are the results:



Verbatim 2.4x Media


Nero reported a
successful burn with the Verbatim 2.4x media in 17 minutes and 39 seconds.
(write speed 8x)


Let us take a look at the
K-Probe result:

































Brand:


Verbatim ‘“ Thanks
to SVP UK for sending us this media.


Manufacturer:


Mitsubishi Kagaku
Media


Code:


MKM
001


Disc
Type:


DVD+R DL


Capacity:


8145MB


Certified
Speed:


2.4x


Write
Speed:


8x
(Z-CLV)


Write
Time:


17m:39s


PI-8 errors
Average/Sec:


31.07


PI-1 failures (PIF)
Avg/Sec:


0.22


The result is good,
considering this 2.4x media was written at 4 times its rated speed.







Ricoh Media


Nero reported a
successful burn with the Ricoh 2.4x media in 45 minutes and 23 seconds. (write
speed 2.4x)


Let us take a look at the
K-Probe result:

































Brand:


RICOH ‘“ Thanks to
Ricoh Europe for sending us this media.


Manufacturer:


RICOH


Code:


JPN
D00


Disc
Type:


DVD+R DL


Capacity:


8145MB


Certified
Speed:


2.4x


Write
Speed:


2.4x
(CLV)


Write
Time:


45m:23s


PI-8 errors
Average/Sec:


42.23


PI-1 failures (PIF)
Avg/Sec:


0.46


PI and PIF errors are
high but within specification, the result is ok but could be better







Infiniti 2.4x Media


Nero reported a
successful burn with the Infiniti 2.4x media in 45 minutes and 40 seconds.
(write speed 2.4x)


Now let us take a look at
the K-Probe result:

































Brand:


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


Manufacturer:


CMC
Magnetics


Code:


CMC MAD
D01


Disc
Type:


DVD+R DL


Capacity:


8145MB


Certified
Speed:


2.4x


Write
Speed:


4x
(CLV)


Write
Time:


45m:40s


PI-8 errors
Average/Sec:


3.25


PI-1 failures (PIF)
Avg/Sec:


0.14


PI and PIF levels are
fairly low, there is a group of PIF near at the end of the disc but they are
within specification; the result is good.






Now let us try and read
the Double Layer media back, first on the Pioneer DVR-111 and then the BenQ
DW1640.



Pioneer DVR-111 read-back test (MKM 001)



BenQ DW1640 read-back test (MKM 001)







Pioneer DVR-111
read-back test (RICOH JPN D00)



BenQ DW1640 read-back test (RICOH JPN D00)







Pioneer DVR-111 read-back test (Infiniti CMC MAG D01)



Benq DW1640 read-back test (Infiniti CMC MAG D01)






As we can see from our
results, both drives were able to read our test discs without any
problems.


Let’s compare the Pioneer
DVR-111 with some other DL capable drives.



























































































































Drive


Size


Writing

Speed


Writing
Time


Book
Type


KProbe
avg.
PI


Kprobe
avg.
PIF


LG
GSA-5160D


8103 MB


2.4x


44m:25s
44m:41s


DVD-ROM


2.19
18.63


0.04
0.04*2


ASUS
DRW-1604P


8131 MB


4x


26m:58s


DVD-ROM


3.29


0.18


Samsung
TS-E522U


8103MB


6x
Z-CLV


23m:30s


DVD+DL


11.58


0.03*1


Philips
DVDR16LS


8103MB


2.4x


45m:52s


DVD-ROM


2.28


0.04*


NU
HDW-164


8103MB


4x


37m:00s


DVD-ROM


1.89


0.02*1


NEC
ND-3540A


8103MB


2.4x
2.4x
8x


44m:08s
44m:03s
19m:02


DVD-ROM


37.44
12.36
1.91


0.02*3
0.02*2
0.01*1


BenQ
DW1640


8152MB


8x


15m:36s


DVD-ROM


3.26


0.02


Pioneer
DVR-110D



8145MB


2.4x
2.4x
8x
2.4x


45m:13s
45m:29s
18m:04s
45m:15s


DVD-ROM


5.51
20.45
2.16
4.39


0.10*3
0.23*2
0.04*1
0.08*4


Samsung
SH-W162C


8103MB


2.4x
2.4x
6x


43m:43s
43m:45s
22m:15s


DVD-ROM


6.85
37.52
11.19


0.02*3
0.12*2
0.04*1


Pioneer
DVR-110


8145MB


8x


18m:11s


DVD-ROM


7.93


0.11*1


Lite-On
SHW-16H5S


8145MB


4x
2.4x
2.4x


26m:58s
43m:28s
44m:03s


DVD-ROM


2.05
2.31
20.70


0.08*1
0.25*2
0.06*3


Plextor
PX-750A


8145MB


8x
4x
4x
2x


18m:02s
27m:50s
27m:50s
45m:27s


DVD-ROM


6.84
43.46
81.52
6.87


0.07*5
0.53*1
0.56*3
0.21*4


Plextor
PX-755A


8145MB


10x
8x
6x
4x


15m:07s
16m:55s
19m:08s
27m:41s


DVD-ROM


3.01
17.28
5.16
3.50


0.10*5
2.51*6
0.12*1
0.50*4


Pioneer
DVR-111


8145MB


8x
2.4x
2.4x


17m:39s
45m:23s
45m:40s


DVD-ROM


31.07
17.28
3.25


0.22*1
2.51*3
0.14*4


*1 Verbatim DVD+R DL
(MKM001)
*2 Traxdata DVD+R DL (RITEK D01)
*3 Ricoh DVD+R DL (RICOH JPN
D00)
*4 Infiniti DVD+R DL (CMC MAG D01)
*5 Verbatim DVD+R DL (MKM
003)
*6 Ricoh DVD+R DL (JPN D01)






DVD-R
DL


As mentioned at the top
of this page, the Pioneer DVR-111 supports the DVD-R DL standard at 8x. Let us
first take a look at the media we will use:


Let’s find
the manufacturer and media information too, for this we will use CD-Speed
4.50:



This media is
manufactured by Mitsubishi Kagaku Media. Thanks to SVP UK for sending us this
media.


Again, we used Nero
Burning Rom 6 to write the DVD Image:



The Pioneer DVR-111 took
17 minutes and 26 seconds to write the Verbatim DVD-R DL media at 8x.


Now let’s take a look at
the Kprobe result
:

































Brand:


Verbatim ‘“ Thanks
to SVP UK for providing this media.


Manufacturer:


Mitsubishi Kagaku
Media


Code:


MKM 01RD30 


Disc
Type:


DVD-R DL


Capacity:


8145MB


Certified
Speed:


4x


Write
Speed:


8x
(Z-CLV)


Write
Time:


17m:26s


PI-8 errors
Average/Sec:


35.50


PI-1 failures (PIF)
Avg/Sec:


0.17


As we can see from our
result, PI errors are quite high but within specification. PIF errors are fairly
low except for a few worrying clusters after the layer break.


We will now check the
read-back curves on two different drives.



Pioneer DVR-111 read-back test



BenQ DW1640 read-back test


As we can see from the
above read-back tests; both drives were able to read the Verbatim DVD-R DL media
without problems.


Standalone
DVD-Player compatibility:






We only have 3 standalone
DVD-Players available and 1 standalone DVD-RAM DVD-R recorder to test the DVD+R
DL medias (Book Type: DVD-ROM) and the DVD-R DL media (Book Type:
DVD-R):



  • Panasonic
    DVD-RV32

  • Panasonic
    SA-HT520

  • Proline DVDP350

  • Panasonic DMR-E50
    recorder

Compatibility
results:
 






































Drive


Ricoh
DVD+R
DL


Infiniti
DVD+R
DL


Verbatim
DVD+R
DL


Verbatim
DVD-R
DL


Comments


Panasonic
DVD-RV32


OK


OK


OK


OK


No
problems.


Panasonic
SA-HT520


OK


OK


OK


FAILED


Plays the first layer but
fails at the layer-break.


Panasonic
DMR-E50


OK


OK


OK


FAILED


Reports ?NO
DISC?.  


Proline
DVDP350
230G


OK


OK


OK


FAILED


Reports no valid
disc


All our DVD Standalone
devices played the DVD+R DL media burned by the Pioneer DVR-111 without any
problems.


Only one DVD Standalone
device would play the Pioneer DVR-111 burned DVD-R DL media without any
problems.


We would like to mention,
that the compatibility issue with standalone DVD Players/Recorders and the DVD-R
DL media format is caused by incompatibilities with the standalone devices used
in this review, and not the Pioneer DVR-111 or media format used.


Summary: The Pioneer DVR-111 burned our
Double Layer media with good quality. All our test disc’s were well within
specification.


Let us take a look at
DVD-RAM writing performance on the next
page….