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Pioneer debuts $300 BD/DVD/CD ROM drive in China

Postby Wesociety on Thu Apr 19, 2007 11:20 pm

Pioneer on April 17 debuted its BDC-S02 Blu-ray Disc (BD) Combo drive model in Beijing, for immediate launch in China and later in other markets around the world at a recommended retail price of US$299, according to Pioneer's Taiwan subsidiary Pioneer High Fidelity Taiwan.

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Postby Ian on Thu Apr 19, 2007 11:44 pm

Yeah, we finally have a price for that drive. Pioneer wouldn't tell me how much it would be when it was announced at CES. Personally, I think its about $100 too expensive. For $200 more you can buy a drive that can write as well as read Blu-ray discs.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Thu Apr 19, 2007 11:55 pm

Ian wrote:Yeah, we finally have a price for that drive. Pioneer wouldn't tell me how much it would be when it was announced at CES. Personally, I think its about $100 too expensive. For $200 more you can buy a drive that can write as well as read Blu-ray discs.


Actually, you can get the Lite-On burner for $450 - $50 MIR, for a total of $400 after rebate. So yeah, I'd say it's not worth it.
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Postby Grain on Fri Apr 20, 2007 10:48 am

IMO it's competing against the XBox 360 HD-DVD drive, which is $200 or less, and it's in an external case w/ a free movie to boot. Format favoritism aside, it's overpriced.
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Postby Ian on Fri Apr 20, 2007 10:53 am

This drive can read and write CD's and DVD's too. It would be nice if they had a read only BD drive though.
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Postby Wesociety on Fri Apr 20, 2007 11:55 am

Ian wrote:This drive can read and write CD's and DVD's too. It would be nice if they had a read only BD drive though.

Ahh cool, I didn't realize it had any burning capabilities. Yeah, a BD-ROM only drive would be cool if it dropped the price more.
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Postby Grain on Fri Apr 20, 2007 1:03 pm

I didn't catch on to the writing capabilities either. A $100 Blu-Ray, or HD-DVD-Rom would be a wise move for either camp IMO. I read an article when the PS3 was being released where they had it broken down by component price, and if I remember right the BluRay ROM in it was valued at less than $90. Where are these available :D ?!
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Postby Wesociety on Fri Apr 20, 2007 2:21 pm

Grain wrote:I didn't catch on to the writing capabilities either. A $100 Blu-Ray, or HD-DVD-Rom would be a wise move for either camp IMO. I read an article when the PS3 was being released where they had it broken down by component price, and if I remember right the BluRay ROM in it was valued at less than $90. Where are these available :D ?!

You mean the blue laser diode? If the wholesale price of the part costs $90, that means a retail product will be at least $180, and that's not considering other costs...
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