Pioneer Introduces World's First and Fastest Multiple Format DVD Drive Combined with 4X Double Layer Write Technology

Consumers can now have twice the storage capacity of DVD recordable disks with the new double-layer DVD internal drive from Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., that is two times faster than previous generation drives; Pioneer Electronics, the leader in recordable DVD technology, today announced the DVR-A08XL, the industry's first multiple format 16x16 drive with 4x double-layer technology that puts an end to the speed race in the DVD recording arena; At 16x, a consumer can burn a DVD-R or +R disc faster than ever before.

The DVR-A08XL is capable of writing at speeds up to 16x on DVD-R and +R discs that are designed for this recording speed, as well as specified 8x media (for more information on specified 8x media visit With 16x media not yet available, Pioneer's DVR-A08XL is allowing customers to write on currently available 8x media at faster speeds by capitalizing on Pioneer’s over specification technology, a writing strategy designed to allow the A08XL to record at higher speeds with certain media. The double-layer technology extends data storage capacity on DVD recordable discs from 4.7 gigabytes to 8.5 gigabytes. The new drive is also dual format, which support DVD-R and DVD-RW disc formats as well as the +R and +RW formats to eliminate consumer confusion.

The DVR-A08XL, which records high-speed DVD-RW and +RW discs at up to 4x speed, and CD-R at up to 32x and CD-RW discs at up to 24x speed, will also feature Pioneer-developed Liquid Crystal Control System for precise recording onto the surface of discs that may be warped or slightly irregular, assuring optimum recording performance. Additionally, the drive features new, quiet drive technology, which reduces up to 75 percent of operating noise and vibration compared to previous models, making playback practically silent (corrected information). The DVR-A08XL will be available in black, silver and beige to match a wider variety of computer cases.

“With the launch of the DVR-A08XL, Pioneer is putting an end to the DVD speed race,” said James Rowley, vice president of optical sales at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “This drive provides the fastest speeds possible, allowing users to increase their productivity while running multiple applications.”

Pioneer's double-layer drive comes bundled with software by Ulead, that allows novice and savvy customers an efficient way to transfer, browse, modify and distribute digital media. The software package provided with the A08XL includes the following programs:

  • Ulead DVD MovieFactory 3.5 Disc Creator allows you to burn movies, slideshows, data and music to CD or DVD in an instant.
  • Ulead Video Studio 8.0SE allows first-time users to edit and create professional-looking videos with ease.
  • Ulead Photo Explorer 8.5SE provides an efficient way to transfer, browse, modify and distribute photos, music and video.
  • Ulead Burn.Now 1.5 is easy to use disc recording software. Users can take full advantage of their CD/DVD burner to create data and audio discs plus copy discs.
  • Ulead DVD Player 1.5 offers high compatibility and plays commercial DVDs and DVDs created by other Ulead products.
  • NovaBACKUP 7.1 prevents users from losing data. Virtually all businesses today rely heavily on computers and computer systems. Losing information on any of these systems could be potentially disastrous. NovaStor's NovaBackup helps reduce these risks for both businesses and end users at ease. NovaBackup allows users the choice of a variety of different backup media, including DVDs and CDs. Its ease of use and advanced options makes it an ideal solution for any home user, small business or large corporation.

The DVR-A08XL also includes the following two new offerings for customers:

  • Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX), the world's largest online DVD movie rental service, will offer A08 users a coupon for a free 14-day trial of service for customers who sign up for Netflix's rental service.
  • Videomaker Magazine, the world's most popular monthly consumer video production publication, is offering new owners of the DVR-A08XL a free issue of their publication.

The DVR-A08XL is expected to be available in August at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $179.99.

Pioneer's Industrial Business Solutions Group is the leader and technical innovator in optical disc technology for the industrial market. It provides professional business-to-business products across a wide range of markets including, professional video/audio, educational, medical, legal and banking.

Additional DVR-A08 specifications:

Write Speeds  
DVD-R: 16X(ZoneCLV), 12X(ZoneCLV), 8X(ZoneCLV), 6X, 4X, 2X, 1X
DVD-RW: 4X, 2X, 1X
DVD+R: 16X(ZoneCLV), 12X(ZoneCLV), 8X(ZoneCLV), 6X, 4X, 2.4X
DVD+RW: 4X, 2.4X
DVD+R DL: 4X, 2.4X
CD-R: 32X(ZoneCLV),24X(ZoneCLV),16X,10X,4X
CD-RW: 24X(ZoneCLV),20X(ZoneCLV),16X,10X,4X
DVD-ROM/DVD-Video(single layer) Read Speeds  
Quiet Mode 5X Max
Performance Mode 16X Max
DVD-ROM/DVD-Video(dual layer)  
Quiet Mode 5X Max
Performance Mode 12X Max
DVD-R 12X Max
DVD-RW: 8X Max
DVD+R 12X Max
DVD+RW: 8X Max
DVD+R DL: 8X Max
CD-ROM/AudioCD(data extraction)  
Quiet Mode 9.3X Max
Performance Mode 40X Max
VideoCD 9.3X Max
CD-R 40X Max
CD-RW 32X Max
Data buffer size 2MB
Interface ATAPI(PIO Mode4/MultiWordDMA Mode2/Ultra DMA Mode4)
Dimensions(WxHxD) 148(W)x42.3(H)x198(D)mm
Weight 1.1kg