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The Pioneer BDR-101A Blu-ray recorder
$1000 burning a hole in your pocket?

For those who cannot wait to get on the Blu-ray train, Pioneer's BDR-101A PC Blu-ray recorder is just starting to trickle into the retail channel.  Tiger Direct has just listed the BDR-101A for sale at a mere $999.99.  Many analysts had speculated that Pioneer would drop the price of the BDR-101A significantly after NEC and Toshiba both announced PC HD-DVD recorders for under $500. 

The HD-DVD camp currently does not have a recordable device, nor media, but Toshiba currently has the only next-generation set top player available on the retail market, the HD-DVD Toshiba HD-A1 -- though the Sony Blu-ray BDP-S1 player is also expected to show up at your local Fry's, eventually.

Pioneer announced the device several months ago at the Consumer Electronics Expo 2006 in Las Vegas.  Recordable media was announced a few weeks ago, with single layer 25GB once-recordable discs checking in at $48, and re-recordable discs coming in at $60.

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Are these things fast?
By Ticholo on 5/18/2006 7:27:58 AM , Rating: 2
How long do these drives take to record a 25GB disc?

RE: Are these things fast?
By Shadowself on 5/18/2006 9:37:21 AM , Rating: 3
The burn rate if this drive is not listed (published yet) so no one really knows. However, we can calculate the fastest it can be done.

Standard speed for Blu-ray drives (1x) is 36 Mbps. All drives (players and PC drives) announced so far have been 2x drives (72 Mbps).

Thus IF we assume this maximum speed that's just 8MBps (not much faster than the original SCSI-1 spec of 21 years ago). Thus a full 25 GB disk would take 3,125 seconds (or over 52 minutes) to burn if the maximum rate were achievable. Since it is unlikely to burn at any where near full speed expect it to take *WELL* over an hour to burn a full 25 GB disk.

RE: Are these things fast?
By DigitalFreak on 5/18/2006 11:21:19 AM , Rating: 2
Wouldn't that be 9MBps (72Mbps/8)

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