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Pioneer A05/105 DVD-RW

Tue Dec 17, 2002 1:38 pm

I will be receiving a Pioneer 105 (OEM version of the A05) DVD-RW drive for Christmas, and would REALLY like to find usable 2x and 4x media. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find any references to the drive itself on their site despite the fact that it's been in the retail channels for at least a few weeks.

Can anyone suggest a website which carries certified 2x and 4x media and or an official document from Pioneer outlining the media they consider suitable?

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Tue Dec 17, 2002 2:16 pm

Did you check on http://www.newegg.com ? Last time I was shopping there they had many different types of DVD media. Also, I did check on pioneers website to see if they had any info, but it looks like they are redesigning it so you cannot find anything there.
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Tue Dec 17, 2002 2:22 pm

Nice purchase. I think you'll enjoy it.

I find the Australian Pioneer site to be the best one to find the various tools, utilities, and firmware for all their PC DVD products.

http://www.pioneeraus.com.au/multimedia/support.htm

As for the 105/A05 product link and media recommendations you can find it here: https://www.pioneerelectronics.com/Pioneer/CDA/Industrial/IndustrialProductDetails/0,1444,92281,00.html

And the media they recommend is naturally Pioneer brand. Of course none of it is 4x -R or 2x -RW, but one would assume it exists.

DVS-R47A/U
DVS-R470SDD50
DVS-RW47B/U
DVS-RP470SDF

Technically any DVD-RW or -R (A or G) media should suffice. If you want 4x -R or 2x -RW speed though, you will need to look for media that advertises that it supports that speed.

NewEgg is typically a good place to find the necessary media including the Pioneer brand. Right now though their stock and selection seem a bit small. Christmas rush?
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Thanks Ryu!

Tue Dec 17, 2002 3:14 pm

Of course, now I'm reading dozens of "first hand" reports of issues with *MANY* kinds of media... specifically budget brands that burn fine at 2x on the A04/104, but no longer with A05/105. And the only official word from Pioneer has been, "It's the fault of the media". Not very comforting.

I guess I'll have to see if I want to risk it and wait for a firmware update, or return it and pick up a Sony DRU500a when it's in stock there (somewhere around the end of January is what they're telling me).
 
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Tue Dec 17, 2002 5:45 pm

They're being truthful. The media has to be designed a certain way to support the higher speed burning.
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Tue Dec 17, 2002 5:57 pm

I buy a lot of my media from http://www.buycomp.com/. They seem to have a good selection of different types, but I haven't looked at DVD media.

Your best bet would probably be to see what is recommended by Pioneer, then see if you can find it somewhere.
 
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Tue Dec 24, 2002 3:01 pm

You could try http://www.cdrecordable.com as well. They have quite a bit of recordable media.
 
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Wed Dec 25, 2002 6:19 am

Aruna wrote:
You could try http://www.cdrecordable.com as well. They have quite a bit of recordable media.


cdrecordable.com used to be rather good before they got bought out. I'm not so sure anymore.

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