Pioneer Corporation announced it will launch new DVD recorders with a built-in HDD to the world
market. In Japan, Pioneer will introduce four new models in October and November 2003.
Pioneer plans to introduce the DVR-510H-S in early October, and the DVR-515H-S in late-October,
and the DVR-710H-S and DVR-610H-S in mid-November, targeting the monthly sales of 40,000 units,
30,000 units, 20,000 units, and 10,000 units, respectively, with no suggested retail prices in
Pioneer's new DVD recorders are capable of high-speed dubbing at the recording speed of up to
24X*1. They also have the ability to record programs onto the HDD or play back the programs stored
on the HDD even while high-speed dubbing is in progress. Thus, the users will enjoy easier and
quicker dubbing at any time during recording. Plus, to meet various needs from the customers,
these new products incorporate many original features, like "Disc Backup," utilizing the
high-speed dubbing technology.
Of course, programs recorded or dubbed on the discs by these DVD recorders can be reproduced by
many existing DVD players. It's because Pioneer's DVD recorders conform to the DVD-R and DVD-RW
With the lineup of five models - four new models plus the DVR-310-S recently launched on the
market - Pioneer intends to further expand its market share and become the market leader in Japan.
Main features - common for all models
- Large-volume recording realized by built-in HDD of a large storage capacity
The DVR-710H-S and DVR-610H-S have a 160GB HDD, which enables to record and store programs of a
maximum of 204 hours. The DVR-515H-S has a 120GB one, which can store programs of a maximum of 153
hours, and the DVR-510H-S has an 80GB one, which can store programs of a maximum of 102 hours.
- High-speed dubbing from the HDD onto a DVD-R disc (at about 4X to 24X speeds*) or a DVD-RW disc
(at about 2X to 12X speeds) is possible.
- High-speed dubbing from a DVD-RW disc to the HDD is possible when the titles have been recorded
in the VR mode on the disc.
- "Disc Backup" is one of the convenient functions utilizing the high-speed dubbing technology.
For a DVD-R or DVD-RW disc where the contents have been recorded in the Video mode and finalized,
it can transfer the recorded contents from the disc to the HDD, and then copy onto another disc as
- "Full Time-shift", a Pioneer original function. This function allows recording onto or playback
from the HDD even while the "High-speed Dubbing" or "Disc Backup" to a DVD disc is in progress.
- The "Chase Play" and "Simultaneous Recording and Playback" are possible both on the HDD and a
DVD disc. Using the "Chase Play" function, the user can start watching a recording from the
beginning even before the recording has finished. The "Simultaneous Recording and Playback"
function allows the user to play back the titles previously recorded while new recording is in
- Many other new functions are available to provide the user with easy and comfortable operations
in a series of actions - "record," "view," and "save".
Features only for the DVR-710H-S
Equipped with the ghost reduction tuner that lets the user enjoy clear terrestrial broadcasts.
Mounted the VQE8 for the "2-3 pull-down Pure-cinema progressive scanning circuit" to better deal
with film materials, and the "complementary processing circuit" to better cope with movement of
video materials. Also, by employing the 12 bit/216MHz Video DAC, the DVR-710H-S plays back not
only DVD titles available on the market but also privately recorded DVD-R or DVD-RWs in high
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