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Pioneer DVD-RW for $999.00 CDN is this good ??

Old 08-08-01, 04:57 PM
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Pioneer DVD-RW for $999.00 CDN is this good ??

Here are the details.


Should I wait ?? Is this a good price ??

I know they are out of stock, but its awfully tempting...

Any feedback would be great.
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Old 08-08-01, 07:06 PM
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Not Worth IT

I don't think a DVDrw is worth it at the moment.

1st of all ... you know its only going to get better and cheaper in the future.

2nd of all ... 2x is waaaay too slow. I don't know the exact size of a DVD, but its like 6+gb...can you imagine trying to write 6gb worth of info @ 2x speed...ouch!...it'll HAVE to go overnight...and what if the DVD messes up? There is no burn proof yet

3rd of all ... expensive media ... you can buy real dvds for cheaper.

If you're looking for backing up your DVDs ... the media costs too much.

If you're looking for backing up Data ... CDrws is still a better solution. Faster and cheaper.
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Old 08-08-01, 07:28 PM
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Wait at least a year. Prices on that kind of hardware have been dropping rapidly, as does just about any emerging technology. Remember when DVD players cost $600, and didn't even offer half the features of a $100 Apex? Remember when no one had a CD-R?
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Old 08-08-01, 08:25 PM
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Thank-you

I guess I will just wait..I have soo many home movies that I have made with my digital HI8 camcorder, (and edited with DVStudio) that I was hoping to make a DVD. I guess I will Wait !!


Thank-you....Any other opionions will help...keep posting !
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Old 08-09-01, 08:37 AM
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2X speed for a DVD-R doesn't equal 2X speed for a CD-R.

I have this drive in my new G4, and a one hour DVD (once encoded) burns in about 30 minutes.

And yes, this drive will be better/faster/cheaper in the future, but it's like any computer component. When you pay $399 for your 4X DVD burner next summer, you will know that the $299 8x will be out by fall, so you'll never really win.

The biggest drawback right now is the high cost of the blank DVDs. But those will come down too.
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Old 08-10-01, 11:31 AM
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Originally posted by Jason
2X speed for a DVD-R doesn't equal 2X speed for a CD-R.

I have this drive in my new G4, and a one hour DVD (once encoded) burns in about 30 minutes.

Wow, good to know that 2x speed burns that fast =)

Thanks for the info, and now I'm more optimistic about DVD burners.
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Old 08-10-01, 11:44 AM
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Also, there are a number of competiting standards out there, like DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, etc, etc, etc.... you'll probably want to wait until that gets all sorted out.
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Old 08-10-01, 02:57 PM
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With any DVD-R/W stuff, I take a total wait and see approach.

1) Media must be cheaper and easier to get
2) HW prices must come down
3) Compatibility must be close to perfect (if people have all these issues with prerecorded DVDs now, what kinds of problems will we have with 'burned' DVDs?!?)
4) No competing format wars

When those 4 issues are sorted out we will truly be in a new computer and video age.
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Old 08-13-01, 03:06 PM
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Here's some additional info on burning times:

"As for burning rates, 1x DVD is 1.32 MB/s, which is approximately 9x CD (150 KB/s * 9 = 1350 KB/s). So writing a DVD-R at 2x is like having an 18x CD-R burner. It takes longer though, of course, to write a full DVD-R than a full CD-R, since the DVD-R can hold 7 times as much data as a CD-R. "
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