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Pioneer A04 /104

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  • Media can be hit and miss.
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      03.02.2003 05:58
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      • "Media can be hit and miss."

      Easy to install and as easy to use as any CD-R, CD-RW or CD-type data drive. What more can I say? Well let me try, it's a great bit of kit and that has that wooo factore built-right in there. The drive operates at single speed normally but with a software patch is brought up to 2-speed with the appropriate type of DVD-R media. What this means in reality is that a drive that normally burns 4.7GB of data in 1 hour can do it in 30 minutes. Wow. If you head out and buy some Bulkpaq disks that means you're probably burngin 4.7 GB for about 50p, that's the same per megabyte as the cheap of cheap CD media. Nice. The drive itself has been very reliable and has only wasted about 3 out of 50 disks so far. As the discs are DVD-R format rather than the DVD+R format they're compatible with soo much harware it's out of this world. My DVD players, including the XBOX< have no bother with my homemade movies (See my JVC Digital camcorder review for more on that one. :) ) PCs on the other hand are a bit hit-and-miss. Not all DVD readers can read the disks. So be aware. Find media that works for you and stay with it. One thing I will say is that RAW mode access to disks is a nightmare, so don't try ripping audio from this baby.


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