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Pioneer DVR-A08XLA DVD Writer
By Justin Ong
Category : Optical Storage
Published by Vijay Anand on Wednesday, 6th October, 2004
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  

First Impressions and Bundle

Similar to its DVR-A07XLA predecessor, a chiseled faceplate with a metallic eject button greeted us when we extracted the drive out from its packaging. The same honeycomb design can be seen on the casing of the DVR-A08XLA as well. According to Pioneer, this specially designed casing, when combined with its QuietDrive technology, should help reduce operating noise by as much as 75% - when compared to Pioneer's older DVR-A06.

The latest 16x DVD writer from Pioneer.

This honeycomb design is a signature found only on Pioneer DVD writers.

The other part of the drive's noise dampener equation, Pioneer's Quiet Drive utility.

As an added measure to reduce overall operating noise, Pioneer has included a QuietDrive utility that works hand in hand with the drive's firmware to control rotational speed. Within the interface of this utility are three different operating modes with varying degrees of performance. Bear in mind that the QuietDrive utility only works when the drive is reading a media, recording sessions will not fall under the influence of this software at all.

Here's a glance at the DVR-A08XLA from the rear.

Length comparison with other DVD writers.

No visible sound proofing material along the mouth of the drive.

Sound proofing material lines the tray of the drive, thereby creating a sealed enclosure to cut down operating noise and prevents dust from collecting within the drive.

A very plain bundle.

SONIC is the bundled authoring software.

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