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Pioneer Unveils Second Gen Blu-ray Disc Writer - BDR-202

Postby Ian on Thu May 24, 2007 2:31 pm

I think this is the first semi-official word I've heard from Pioneer about the BDR-202.


Pioneer High Fidelity Taiwan (Pioneer Taiwan), Pioneer's marketing subsidiary in Taiwan, on May 23 debuted two new Blu-ray Disc (BD) optical drives for the PC, BDC-S02, a Blu-ray Disc combo drive, and BDR-202, a BD burner. The products are tentatively scheduled to launch in the Taiwan market in June and July or August respectively.

BDC-S02 supports reading/writing of DVD+R/-R SL (single-sided single-layer), DVD+R/-R DL (single-sided double-layer), DVD+RW/-RW, CD-R and CD-RW as well as reading of BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE (rewritable), DVD-ROM and CD-ROM according to Pioneer Taiwan. BDR-202 supports all of the capabilities of BDC-S02 and adds support for the writing of BD-R and BD-RE (the difference between combo and burner), Pioneer Taiwan indicated.

For the Taiwan market, BDC-S02 will be sold at the current global market recommended retail price of US$299, while the retail price for BDR-202 is tentatively set at NT$21,000 (US$631), Pioneer Taiwan pointed out.

That's a bit pricey for a drive that isn't much different than other company's first gen drives.
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Postby jsl on Sun May 27, 2007 5:23 am

It has actually been listed at Pioneer Australia's website for a while:
http://www.pioneer.com.au/products/comp ... ves/BDR202

# Blu-ray Disc writer at up to 4X on BD-R media
# Blu-ray Disc writer at up to 2X on BD-RE media
# Store up to 25Gb of data on a Blu-ray Disc in 25 minutes
# DVD writer at up to 12X on DVD-R/+R
# CD writer at up to 24x on CD-R/CD-RW

MSRP: AU$899 >= US$700

Note that the specs in the PDF you get if you click on "Download Product Information" seem to be completely wrong. I guess the specs should be the same as for the BDC-S02 listed in Pioneer EU's press release here but with added support for writing BD-R/RE.

Support for writing BD-R/RE DL is however not mentioned anywhere... I hope Pioneer doesn't plan to launch another single layer writer for that price. :roll:
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