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Pioneer DVR 105

Pioneer has achieved 4X write speed to DVD-R and 2X to DVD-RW ahead of competing brands, improving the recording speed provides an easy to use and fas...

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Review of "Pioneer DVR 105"

published 24/03/2004 | scoopy2scoops
Member since : 10/01/2004
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Pro Reliablity, good brand, cheap
Cons Fairly old technology now, only lasted a year!
Memory / capacity
Ease of Installation
Ease of use

"The Pioneer of 4 Speed DVD Burners (is now dead!)"

I’ve had my Pioneer 105/A05 for over a year now and I’ve been more than happy with it. At the time a paid a princely sum of £160 for this piece kit, these days you can get a similar spec DVD writer for £50.

The basic specifications of the drive are:

Write Speed:

DVD-R 4X, 2X, 1X-CLV
CD-R 16X,12X,8X,4X-CLV

Read Speed:

DVD-ROM (Single) Max. 12X CAV (Dual) 8X CAV
DVD-R, DVD-RW 2X (Older Media)
DVD-R, DVD-RW 6X (High Speed DVD+R Media)
Video CD 4X CLV
CD-RW Max. 32X CAV
CD-Audio Max. 32X-CAV

My drive was OEM so it came with no cables or instructions but it was a synch to install. People are often afraid of upgrading their PC’s but I often say that if you can put a piece of flat pack furniture together you can do most jobs on your PC. OK there are exceptions to this rule but for the most part it’s slide the old CD writer out and slide the new DVD writer in, screw in, reconnect cables and away we go.

The drive burns DVDs at 4 speed which is around 15 minutes for a typical DVD. It is only compatible with DVD-R blanks so you have to be careful when buying your discs (don’t get DVD+R). As a general rule you shouldn’t be paying more than 50p for a blank 4 speed DVD these days.

The drive looks like most PC DVD drives, white and uninspiring. The name Pioneer is reassuring, I definitely connect the brand Pioneer with quality goods. I knew straight away that I wanted to update the firmware as I had heard that the Pioneer was limited to 2 speed rip rate (the rate at which it copys the DVD). I updated with the unofficial firmware (got it from the DVD-105 forum) and I was relieved to find that my DVD writer still worked. However it still only ripped at 2 speed, I then found out you need to change the memory access to DMA for the device (in device manager) and hey presto full burn speed for the drive was achieved (4-8 speed).

Since then burning with the drive has been a joy, I personally prefer NERO as the burn tool of choice (its the most user friendly of the bunch). I’ve only had one set of discs not work with the drive and these were really cheap unbranded discs bought from Ebay.

The quality of play back of DVD is superb, which was no surprise most PC DVD drives have great playback.

The discs I burnt with this drive all seem to be very compatible with all the DVD players I’ve had. If I had to recommend a brand of DVD to use with this drive I’d probably say Datawrite (and they’re cheap).

You can usually pick up these drives up cheap on Ebay, I would probably recommend unless your on a tight budget paying a bit extra and get an 8 speed burner which is compatible with both DVD-R and DVD+R.

********UPDATE 02/04/04:

Oh no my Pioneer DVD 105 died last night!! it seemed to grind down the surface of a cd-rom i inserted into it! now it crunches and grinds but doesn't detect anything. Only 13 months use out of this DVD writer isn't good, might be a word of warning for people using non offical firmware (could this of caused it!). Oh well time to upgrade to a 8X dvd writer!


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  • J4M1721 published 24/03/2004
    Sounds ok x x x Jo x x x
  • anwar published 24/03/2004
    Not a make I've heard of but sounds fine! Ann
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Product Information : Pioneer DVR 105

Manufacturer's product description

Pioneer has achieved 4X write speed to DVD-R and 2X to DVD-RW ahead of competing brands, improving the recording speed provides an easy to use and fast writing environment. The DVR-105 writes and reads DVD-R/RW, write once and re-recordable formats that can be played on most DVD Video players and DVD-ROM drives. Both DVD-R and DVD-RW are approved formats of the DVD Forum, whose members include 219 manufacturers (as of January 2002). The drive also supports reading and writing of CD-R and CD-RW media and can be used as a DVD-ROM and CD-ROM drive as well.

Product Details

Product Description: Pioneer DVR 105 - DVD-RW drive - IDE

Device Type: DVD-RW drive

Enclosure Type: Internal

Interface: IDE

Dimensions (WxDxH): 14.8 cm x 19.8 cm x 4.2 cm

Weight: 1.1 kg

Optical Storage: DVD-RW - 5.25" x 1/2H

Read Speed: 32x (CD) / 12x (DVD)

Write Speed: 16x (CD) / 4x (DVD)

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed: 8x (CD) / 2x (DVD)

Buffer Underrun Protection: Lossless linking


MPN: DVR-105

Device Type: DVD-RW drive

Enclosure Type: Internal

Interface: IDE

Width: 14.8 cm

Depth: 19.8 cm

Height: 4.2 cm

Weight: 1.1 kg

Optical Storage

Type: DVD-RW - 5.25" x 1/2H

Read Speed: 32x (CD) / 12x (DVD)

Write Speed: 16x (CD) / 4x (DVD)

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed: 8x (CD) / 2x (DVD)

Supported Recording Modes: Disc-at-once, packet writing

Supported Media Formats: CD Text, CD Extra, CD-DA (audio), CD-ROM XA, Photo CD, Video CD, CD-ROM

Supported Media Types: CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW

Media Load Type: Tray

Access Time: 130 ms (CD), 140 ms (DVD)

Buffer Size: 2 MB

Buffer Underrun Protection: Lossless linking

Features: Volume control wheel, headphone jack

Hard Drive

Type: None

Expansion / Connectivity

Interfaces: 1 x headphones - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x audio out - 4 PIN MPC ¦ 1 x ATA-33 - 40 PIN IDC

Compatible Bays: 1 x front accessible - 5.25" x 1/2H


Compliant Standards: FCC Class B certified, CSA, TUV, C-Tick, CISPR 22 Class B, FIMKO

Package Type: Bulk


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