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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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RE: Blu-ray must win
By epsilonparadox on 5/18/2006 5:15:32 PM , Rating: 2
fastest gaming machine? maybe on paper.
10,000 Athlons? Intel and AMD better pack up and leave the industry, the Cell will replace all.
Web surfing? Probably be the first console to get infected by a virus too.
only $499? Forget HDMI and 1080p gaming, Wireless, 40 gigs of space and flash slots.

I'm so excited about the PS3, I'm giddy.

RE: Blu-ray must win
By outsider on 5/18/2006 10:59:26 PM , Rating: 2
What is even insulting is that they included the FLOPS of the GPU in that 50GFLOPS number they came up. This is like saying "I have walked 1 million miles in my life" while counting all the car and airplane travels.
I wonder how 1080p would look after 5yrs on that 7900GT.

Enough bashing the PS3. This thread isn't about it at all.

Lets bash BluRay :P

RE: Blu-ray must win
By bob661 on 5/19/2006 1:24:00 PM , Rating: 2
Lets bash BluRay :P
Yeah, stay on topic. :P

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