Pioneer DVR-111 DVD Burner Review

 




 


 For this
test, we will use the Sheep tests made by Alexander Noé. Why is it called sheep test? That’s because the logo of
the first 1 to 1 copy program called CloneCD is a
sheep. When looking at supported writers, you will notice that
the feature list has sheep to indicate if a feature is supported or not.

In this case we are interested in the writer’s ability
to backup/write weak sectors. Also called: ‘Correct
EFM encoding of regular
bit-patterns”.



  • No
    sheep: Can’t backup any
    safedisc 2 versions
    without the help of software tricks

  • 1 Sheep: Can backup
    safedisc 2 up to version 2.4x without software tricks

  • 2 Sheep: Can backup
    safedisc 2, including version 2.5x

  • 3 Sheep: Can write all
    possible weak sectors, few if any writers could do this.

One of our forum
moderators
Womble, has written a guide concerning
the ‘Sheep Test” that can be found
here.


In the screenshot below
taken from CloneCD, we see the Pioneer DVR-111 supports all the required
features.



The Pioneer DVR-111
supports DAO-RAW96 recording mode, which basically means, it can write
uncorrected data and sub-channel data.


















Sheep
Tests


Reader:
LIte-ON
SHW-16H5S


One Sheep
Burner
SD2OLD


Yes


Two Sheep
Burner
SD251


Yes


Safedisc
v2.90
SD290


No


Three Sheep
Burner
SHEEP3


No



 




As we can see from the
table the Pioneer DVR-111 is a ‘Two Sheep Burner”, but could not cope with
safedisc 2.90 or our Sheep 3 test files.


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Copy
protected Audio:






For our protected audio
test, we used the Exact Audio Copy program. We inserted the protected audio
discs and if the drive was able to recognize the disc we tried to extract the
music tracks to the hard drive. First let us look at the discs we had available
for this test: 



Celine Dion: A New Day
Has Come; protected with key2audio version 3.


 


Herbert Gé¶nemeyer: Mensch
– This disc is protected with Cactus Datashield 200.0.4 .3(build 12b)



And Michelle: Leben!;
protected with Cactus Datashield 200.5.1.91 ‘“ 5.10.090.


Results:



















Protected

Audio


Protection
version


Exact Audio
Copy


Celine Dion:

A new day has come


Key2Audio version
3


Rips the content without
problems


Herbert
Gé¶nemeyer
Mensch


Cactus Datashield
200


Rips the content without
problems


Michelle
Leben!


Cactus Datashield
200


Rips the content without
problems


From our ‘copy protected
audio disc” tests, we would have to conclude the Pioneer DVR-111 is a good drive
for ripping protected Audio CD’s


Overburning:






CD-R
900MB (99 minute) over-burn test:



For this test we used an
Infiniti Professional Compax 99min/900mb CD-R. (Thanks to Medea International
(UK) for providing the disc).



From past experience with
the Pioneer drives, we expected the above error. We then tried to create a disc
with a capacity of 91:21.25 to test if the drive could handle discs of up to 90
minutes and beyond.



The Pioneer DVR-111
successfully created our test disc. We then tested to see if the Pioneer DVR-111
could read our created disc. As you can see from the screenshot below, the
Pioneer DVR-111 had no problems in reading our created disc.







DVD+R
over-burn test (5000MB):


For this test we used a
Plextor branded Taiyo Yuden 16x DVD+R media. (Thanks to Plextor for providing
this media)



The Pioneer DVR-111
reported no support for overburning our DVD+R media.






DVD-R
over-burn test (5000MB):


For this test we used a
Infiniti branded MCC03RG20 16x DVD+R media. (Thanks to SVP UK for providing this
media)



The Pioneer DVR-111
reported no support for overburning our DVD-R media.


Mini
DVD-R discs:






In this section we are
going to test if the Pioneer DVR-111 is capable of writing and reading mini
DVD-R discs with a capacity of 30 minutes/1.46 GB.



The Verbatim MINI DVD-R
was manufactured by Mitsubishi Chemicals Corporation. Thanks to SVP UK for
providing this media.


Now it was time to see if
the Pioneer DVR-111 could write our MINI DVD-R disc.



The Pioneer DVR-111 had
no problems writing our MINI DVD-R disc. Now let’s see if the drive can read
back the disc.



The Pioneer DVR-111
successfully read back our MINI DVD-R disc.


Video-CD disc:






For our final test we
wanted to see how the Pioneer DVR-111 would read a Video-CD, for this test we
created a Video-CD with Nero Burning ROM 6, and used NERO CD-DVD Speed to read
the disc back. Below is our result:



The Pioneer read our test
VCD disc at its maximum read speed of 40x, as we can see, there was a slowdown
during the read process, but this was most likely caused by an error in our test
disc.


This concludes our
Pioneer DVR-111 review, let’s head on to the last page to read our
conclusion…