DVD+R Media

We have a total of 4 types of DVD+R media tested with the DVR-110D.

MCC 004

Our first test was disappointing, and a bit of a tease as well. We have seen Pioneer’s performance in the past and it has generally not let us down. The failed write of MCC 004 media, however, makes us wonder what the DVR-110D really has to offer us.

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To explain the graph in more detail, it does look like the write completed, but when we tried to read it back with the DVR-110D, the drive would not pick up the disc, which is a failed write by our definition.

Take a look at the drive’s theoretical write performance compared to the others.

16x +R - MCC 004 Write

16x +R - MCC 004 Read

16x +R - MCC 004

Plextools reports 27,730 PI errors, but all are spread over the course of the disk in the first 3GBs of the media, which is definitely not enough to get in the way of a successful read. Towards the end, though, we see a greater concentration of PI errors, but even this is not much to render the disk unreadable.

Ritek R04

Though the DVR-110D completed the write process on the Ritek 16x media, it only wrote at 4x throughout the entire burn, taking 14:53 minutes to complete using the CLV method and an average speed of 3.96x.

16x +R - Ritek R04 Write

16x +R - Ritek R04 Read

16x +R - Ritek R04

Reading back the R04 media, we see that the write was successful, but the DVR-110D struggled to read the media after the 3.5GB mark. It took the DVR-110D 6:51 minutes to read this media. PlexTools also shows a high number of PI errors, increasing as the read continues and showing a peak number of PI errors around the 3.5GB mark. This gives us some idea of why the read back in the DVR-110D suffered around the 3.5GB area of the media.


Our low quality media kept the drive working as it never hit above 2.4x write speeds (average of 2.37x) throughout the write process. We should give the DVR-110D credit for at least completing the burn successfully.

The read back also showed a successful write, though the speed of the drive dropped from about 12.5x to just over 5x, just past the 4.2GB mark.

The screenshots of Nero’s CD-DVD Speed and Plextor’s Plextools can be downloaded here.

The Test DVD-R Media


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  • DigitalFreak - Thursday, September 15, 2005 - link

    But who can afford dual layer media? I don't care if the drive can burn DVD+-R/DL @ 20x, if I have to pay $3/disc for the media... Reply
  • Anton74 - Friday, September 16, 2005 - link

    It makes for a good backup medium. Tapes of similar capacity are far more expensive, and far slower as well.

    Not to mention, the price of the media will undoubtedly drop over time.
  • Questar - Thursday, September 15, 2005 - link

    Still reviewing DVD drives? $50 items?
    I'm left speechless.
  • LoneWolf15 - Thursday, September 15, 2005 - link


    Still reviewing DVD drives? $50 items?

    Yeah, because all of us would like to buy three or four, spending money and time to RMA if necessary because Drives A, B, and C didn't have good write quality standards across multiple media manufacturers and burnt horrible discs, or burned 80% of the media on the market at 2-4x instead of max. rated speed.

    Just because a product is inexpensive doesn't mean it's not worthy of a review. Heck, I'd like to know which 120mm case fans produce the least amount of noise, for example. Do I want to buy ten just so I can test it out myself?

    In the same way, DVD burning today is much like second-gen CD writers about nine years ago. Media differed by manufacturer, and some drives did a lot better writing than others. The problem is rarer today now that technology has matured, but with DVD burners, the technology is like a child; some growth has been achieved, but it's still a long way from maturity. All of us here want the best for our money. Don't you?
  • vijay333 - Thursday, September 15, 2005 - link

    Yes. Who cares how cheap they've become? It's a matter of how often you actually use them these days - you'd still like to get the best possible product. Falls into the same category as mouse reviews... Reply
  • wanderer27 - Thursday, September 15, 2005 - link

    Firmware is at v1.17 on the Pioneer Site. Why are we looking at v1.08 issues ? Reply
  • PuravSanghani - Thursday, September 15, 2005 - link

    At the time we tested this drive, 1.17 had not yet been released, which we stated in the review. We would also like to get some feedback from those who do have newer firmware versions applied on the performance/quality of burning to various types of media.

    If you do have the DVR-110D, or any other product we have reviewed in the past for that matter, with newer firmware than we have tested with, we would like any input you, our audience, can provide to help the rest of the community.

    For those looking for reviews besides DVD writers, we have quite a line up in the coming weeks so keep an eye out!

  • DigitalFreak - Thursday, September 15, 2005 - link

    I would like to see an updated review with the 1.17 firmware, if it fixes any of the issues they had. However, it appears that 1.17 has only been out for a week, so they probably had the article done awhile ago. Reply
  • Lifted - Thursday, September 15, 2005 - link

    you heard me, fix it! Reply
  • n7 - Thursday, September 15, 2005 - link

    BenQ DW1640 still has the crown!


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