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Friday, July 18, 2003
Pioneer DVR-A06 DVD±RW recorder

4. DVD Reading Tests

Pioneer DVR-A06 DVD±RW recorder - Page 4

DVD reading tests

- Single Layer DVD-ROM (Click for CDSpeed results)

Pioneer DVR-A06 supports 12x CAV (5-12x) reading speed for single layer DVD-ROM media. The drive finished the test with an average reading speed of 9.52x. The performance is very good and the drive is faster than the Optorite DD0203. Sony DRX-500UL supports 7x CAV DVD-ROM reading, so it gave the lower performance in the same test.

The seek times of the Pioneer A06 is 132 msec (random seek). The drive is slower in the 1/3 full seek modes. Although the drive performed as it was expected according to its specifications, the Optorite DD0203 offered lower seek times.

- Dual Layer PTP DVD-ROM (Click for CDSpeed results)

Pioneer DVR-A06 supports 8x CAV reading for the dual layer DVD-ROM. The specific DVD-ROM disc is PTP and the drive read it at 6.16x average.

As you can see from the above graph, Pioneer DVR-A06 is faster than Optorite DD0203, which supports only 4x reading and Sony DRX-500UL (2x CLV reading).

The seek times of dual layer DVD-ROM is slightly increased over those reported for the single layer discs. The performance is adequate, although the Optorite drive is faster. Sony DRX-500UL is slower in al the seek modes.

- Dual Layer OTP DVD-ROM

The first layer of an OTP dual layer DVD-ROM is read exactly the same way as the PTP disc we tested previously. The difference here is the reading strategy of the second layer of the disc. The beginning of the second layer is located in the outer part of the disc, so the drive starts reading from the outer tracks toward the inner part of the disc.The performance is not different than in the previous test, since the drive gave a 6.12x average reading speed, very close indeed to the previous case.

The full seek result reported by CDSpeed is not accurate, and users should expect a performance around 330msec in this test.

- DVD Ripping Tests

We measured the DVD Ripping speed using the "Matrix" DVD Video title and DVD Decrypter software.

Pioneer DVR-A06 is not a very fast ripper, following the "tradition" of the previous Pioneer DVD recorders. The average ripping speed is 2789KB/sec. The Optorite drive is faster at 5846KB/sec, and Sony DRX-500UL gave the same results as Pioneer.

- DVD Recordable/Rewritable Tests

The chart below shows the Nero CDSpeed results when using the following media

Pioneer DVR-A06 supports 6x CAV reading for all the DVD recordable/rewritable media. The drive is the faster one among the others that appear on the chart. The Optorite DD0203 is slower with a 4x average speed (ACV) and Sony DRX-500UL follows the other two at 2x CLV.

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