Pioneer Corporation announced today the introduction in Japan of the DVR-530H and DVR-555H, the first
DVD recorders with built-in HDD to incorporate the Dual Layer DVD-R (DVD-R DL) technology, which
allows recording up to 24 hours of content on a single DVD-R DL disc.
In accordance with a rapid expansion of the DVD recorder market in Japan, the
DVD format has now practically become the de-facto standard for recording TV
programs at home in Japan. Pioneer's new DVD recorders realize superior performances
in terms of recording time, operability and dubbing convenience by offering
DVD-R DL recording as well as a variety of easy, convenient functions including: "Quick
Disc Navigator," "Help Navigator," and the industry's fastest
high-speed dubbing of 100X max (HDD to DVD). They are likely to appeal to a
wide range of customers, from beginners to serious users of home-use DVD recorders.
The DVR-530H (200GB HD) and DVR-555H (250 GB HD) will be available in early
and early June respectively in the Japanese market. No retail prices of these
models are suggested.
1) World's first -the DVD-R DL format compatible: capable of recording up
to 24 hours on a single-side disc:
A newly-developed MPEG encoder allows even
higher picture quality and longer recording time for both DVD and HDD. Onto
a DVD-R DL disc, the new DVD recorders
can record up to 24 hours of video content in the MN1 recording mode, or
a maximum of about 6 hours with the same picture quality as commercially available
DVDs. For the HDD, the DVR-530H (equipped with a 200 GB HDD) can record up
to about 569 hours, and the DVR-555H (with a 250 GB HDD) up to about 711
2) A variety of high picture quality functions including the "XP+ recording
mode" (around15 Mbps transfer rate, capable of recording in super high
quality to the HDD)
The new recorders are equipped with the "XP+ recording mode" (to
HDD), which allows recording even better quality images at 15 Mbps, besides
the previous highest picture-quality recording mode "XP" (10 Mbps).
Based on the designing concept for the "DianaCircuit," the full-digital
signal processor employed in Pioneer high-end DVD recorders, the new recorders'
high-quality video engine realizes finer, clearer videos. A TV tuner with ghost
reduction functionality enables clear reception of terrestrial broadcasts.
3) New "Quick Disc Navigator" and "Help Navigator" support
easy, comfortable and smooth operations
Through human-friendly designing approach, a new, easy-to-use on-screen interface
(GUI) for the new recorders has been developed in cooperation with the Research
Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST) at the University of Tokyo.
Even when users operate these new recorders for the first time, they will sufficiently
enjoy their simple, convenient, and clear on-screen controls thanks to the
following new functions:
- "Quick Disc Navigator" offers rapid
scrolling and title display options. Users can find the programs they want
to view quicker than ever before
with rapid scrolling and several title display options (number of titles
displayed: 4 or 8; order of title displayed: from the latest recording to
the oldest one,
priority to new programs, alphabetical/numerical by title name, or from the
oldest recording to the newest one). In addition, users can select multiple
titles at the same time in the delete, edit or other operation modes.
- "Help Navigator" displays the operation guide screen to tell users
the next operation even if they haven't read the instruction manuals. With
this function set to ON, a pop-up operation guidance is automatically displayed
to give tips on convenient playback functions, etc.
4) Advanced Electronic Program Guide (EPG) functions
In addition to popular auto-recording features such as the "Automatic
Key-word Recording," new search functions for easier timer recording are
available: "New Program Search" to search for new programs, and "Show
Me Search (Omakase Search)" to search for programs based on user-specific
genre preferences. Thus, the new recorders' timer recording is now more simple
and powerful than ever.
5) The industry's fastest high-speed copy capability of approximately 100x
speed (HDD to DVD-R) makes it possible to copy a one-hour program in about
Thanks to Pioneer's proprietary DVD-R/DVD-RW drive capable of recording on
DVD-R at 12x and on DVD-RW at 6x speeds, the new recorders can copy the one-hour
program recorded in the MN1 mode onto a DVD-R disc in about 40 seconds, while
the previous models needed over one minute to copy the same program. Based
on the DVR-A09 recorder for PC, the new devices could support the 16x for DVD-R
recording, with the latest firmware installed. However, the 12x is reccomended
in order to maintain video quality and stability.
In addition, the "Two-Path Pro Dubbing" automatically
optimizes the copy bit rate allocation depending on the images, and copy the
on the HDD in the "XP+ mode" to a DVD disc in the optimum picture
6) Equipped with USB terminals (Pict-Bridge compatible) - the first - to allow
transferring images from a digital camera onto the HDD (DVR-555H only)
Via the USB terminal, users can connect their digital cameras to the DVR-555H,
and transfer and store digital camera images directly onto the new recorder's
HDD. In addition, they can copy the stored data from the HDD onto a DVD disc
in a slide show and picture format to distribute the data to their friends
and family easily. With a Pict-Bridge compatible printer connected, users can
print images stored in a digital camera without a computer. Connecting a keyboard
to the USB port enables users to easily enter title name.
7) Other advantageous features
- Supporting the playback of DVD-RAM and DVD+R/+RW discs as well as DVD-R/DVD-RW
- "Jukebox" function allows one-touch recording of music CDs to
- Bilingual recording and variable resolution (2/3D1, 3/4D1) recording onto
- The compact, stylish design (height: 5.9 cm, depth: 27.3 cm) can be installed
in a narrow space.
8) Environment-conscious design to realize low energy consumption
Power consumption in the standby mode (FL off): 0.38W