With all due respect to Ian, he doesn't test a very large amount of media (due to time constraints). However, I've had the oppurtunity to plug the DVR-109 into my other system, and upgraded the firmware, and things seem to be a little better. It now supports some Optodisc media properly (all 4x and 8x media!), and can burn a few other middle range brands at their rated speed instead of 4x.
Ian test some media that you´ll find everywhere.
I don´t know why you ever set Optodisc for reference how good a DVD-writer is. Optodisc (in Europe) can´t be called a premium quality, not really a md-range-product like Ritek, CMC and Prodisc, OD is a under-mid-range-product. Nobody in Europe buy a DVD-writer only for burning OD.
I kow the Pioneer-support for 16x is very small, but the 109 burns many 8x-media at 12x with good quality
Well, I'm going with what is common in my area. And in my area, we have Acro Circle (premium Optodisc) and BenQ brand DVDRs a plenty. Ritek is also common, but more unstable quality wise. Taiyo Yuden is more common now as well. Some local computer stores in my area (the bigger ones) sell more Optodisc, or even more Taiyo Yuden then Ritek, and way WAY more of Ritek then Prodisc. (if any Prodisc is sold at all). Most of the duplication places that favoured Prodisc have now turned away from it because Prodisc 8x DVDR media sucks something fierce, and fails on too many of their machines. As it happens, I'm quite close with all the major duplication companies and media suppliers in Western Canada, and some of the Central Canada and Eastern Canada ones as well. It's somewhat unfortunate the Canadian user base of this forum is so small
Now, when I do reviews, I try to get as much media as possible, from as many places as possible. That's why I stock Datawrite and BulkPaq brand media as well as Ritek, Prodisc, BenQ, Optodisc, Taiyo Yuden, Maxell, Memorex, Fuji, Verbatim and Mitsui. So yes, I'm pickier about what drives I support, because I try to look at a much larger picture then the average person/reviewer.
But anyways, like I said, I've looked at the new Pioneer DVR-109 firmware, and many of the problems revolving around 8x DVDR burning have been solved, and it looks like some 12x and 16x burning issues have also been solved. I expect that in one or maybe 2 firmware releases tops, the DVR-109 will be quite compatible with most media available in most regions.
Punch Cards -> Paper Tape -> Tape Drive -> 8" Floppy Diskette -> 5 1/4" Floppy Diskette -> 3 1/2" "Flippy" Diskette -> CD-R -> DVD±R -> BD-R
The Progression of Computer Media