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Pioneer Unveils BDR-206MBK Blu-ray BDXL Writer

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. announced its new BDR-206MBK Blu-ray Disc recorder ($199), which reads, writes and rewrites all CD, DVD and Blu-ray formats including BD-R XL and BD-RE XL.

For more information visit: www.pioneerelectronics.com


Unedited press release follows:

Pioneer Ships First BDXL Computer Drive to Read and Write New Blu-ray Disc Recording Format

LONG BEACH, Calif.–Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. continues its innovation in the optical disc drive category with today’s announcement of its new professional, high definition BDXL internal Blu-ray Disc drive. The Pioneer BDR-206MBK, BDXL writer for Windows based1 personal computers, is the first drive to read and write using the new multi-layer recordable Blu-ray Disc format. BDXL more than doubles the current maximum Blu-ray Disc storage capacity and is ideal for various commercial uses such as video and broadcast archiving and storage, capturing and playback of high definition programming or data archiving needs. The BDR-206MBK also enhances recording accuracy and further limits artificial noise for quality playback.

By integrating additional layers to traditional Blu-ray Discs, BDXL offers up to 128 GB of storage capacity on a quadruple layer disc. The BDR-206MBK drive allows users to read/write BD-R XL and BD-RE XL triple layer (100GB) and BD-R XL quadruple layer (128GB) discs. Additionally, the drive can play back and record on virtually all disc formats including CD, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc. The drive comes bundled with CyberLink software to support BDXL and is ready for use out of the box. For a limited time, Pioneer is including a piece of BD-R XL 100GB media for free with each drive.

Further enhancing the user experience, Pioneer has incorporated proprietary technologies to significantly improve recording and playback quality. Its Limit Equalizer technology improves RF signals generated when reading data from Blu-ray Discs and enables improved playback capability. Along with a new, airtight structure that helps keep the drive quiet and protects against contaminants and dust particles, the Disc Vibration Stabilizer feature helps protect the disc from warping during the writing process, resulting in a higher quality written disc.

The BDR-206MBK is currently available for a suggested retail price of $199. The BDXL drive can be purchased at Fry’s Electronics and at www.pioneerelectronics.com.

About Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
Pioneer has been an innovator of optical disc technology since it shipped its first LaserDisc products, the precursor to DVD, to the consumer market in 1980. Pioneer went on to introduce the first DVD writer for video authoring use in 1997, the first DVD recorder as a VCR replacement in 1999, the first DVD-R/CD writer for home computer users in 2001 and the first Blu-ray Disc writer in 2006. Pioneer Corporation is one of the original Blu-ray Disc Founders. More details can be found at www.pioneerelectronics.com.

1 For playback of 3D video, additional equipment, such as a 3D capable monitor that supports Windows7 3D, is necessary.

Write Support
BD BD-R QL, BD-R TL, BD-RE TL, BD-R DL, BD-RE DL, BD-R, BD-RE
DVD DVD-R/+R, DVD-R/+R (DL), DVD+RW, DVD-RW
CD CD-R, CD-RW
Read Support
BD BD-R QL, BD-R TL, BD-RE TL, BD-R DL, BD-RE DL, BD-R, BD-RE, BD-ROM, BD-ROM DL
DVD DVD-R/+R, DVD-RW/+RW, DVD-R/+R DL, DVD-ROM, DVD-ROM DL, DVD-RAM
CD CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM
Interface
ATAPI Interface SATA Interface
IDE Data Transfer Mode Generation 1 (1.5Gbits/sec)
Write Speed
BD-R BD-R QL: 4x, BD-R TL: 4x, BD-R: 6x, BD-R DL: 6x
BD-RE BD-RE TL: 2x, BD-RE DL: 2x, BD-RE: 2x
DVD-R 8x
DVD – RW 6x
DVD + R 8x
DVD + RW 8x
DVD + R (Double Layer) 8x
DVD – R (Double Layer) 8x
CD – R 24x
CD – RW 24x
Read Speed
BD-R BD-R QL: 4x, BD-R TL: 4x
BD-RE 6x
BD-ROM 6x
DVD-ROM (Single) 8x
DVD-ROM (Dual) 8x
DVD-R, DVD-RW 8x
DVD+R, DVD+RW 8x
CD-ROM 24x
CD-R 24x
CD-RW 24x
Other Specifications
Data Buffer 4 Mbyte
Mounting Orientation Vertically or Horizontally
Interface Serial ATA (SATA) Interface
Dimensions
Dimensions (inches) 5.83” (W) x 7.09” (D) x 1.67” (H)
Dimensions (mm) 148mm (W) x 180mm (D) x 42.3mm (H)
Weight 1.65 lbs.

Region code

This model includes Regional Playback control. Region changes can be made up to five times, including the initial setting. Be aware that the fifth changes will be permanent. The method of changing the region code may vary depending on the decoder or operation system used.

2 Support writing DVD-R Version 2.0 For General. Writing to DVD-R For Authoring 3.95GB, 4.7GB is not supported.

3 Only support non-cartridge DVD-RAM Version 2.0/2.1/2.2 Does no support writing to RAM 2.

4 Able to write 6X maximum to BD-LtoH 6X media.

5 Cannot use 8cm Disc when used vertical.

System Requirements
Blu-ray disc read/write
OS    Windows7™, Windows Vista™, Windows XP Home Edition/Professional6
CPU    Core™Duo T2700 / Core™2Duo E6300 or more
Hard drive space     Write : 25 GB ( more than 50 GB13) , Read : 120 MB
Memory    More than 1 GB
Graphic    When digital outputting BD-Video image, graphic function supporting HDCP and monitor is required.

When playing 3D image, Device supporting Windows 7 and 3D is required.
Please refer to the webpage for more detail. http://jp.cyberlink.com

DVD/CD read/write
OS    Windows7™,Windows Vista™, Windows XP Home Edition/Professional6
CPU    Pentium III 800 MHz or more (Pentium 4, 2.2 GHz or more13)
Memory    128 MB or more (256 MB or more7)
Hard drive space    2 GB or more (7 GB or more7)
Sound card    16 bit or more
Monitor resolution    1024×768, 32 bit or more
Other    DirectX 9
Equipment    Video input device (Video deck or camcorder) and capture card is needed separately.

6 Please install Windows XP Service Pack 1 (or new) before using this product.

7 Recommended operating condition

6 Please install Windows XP Service Pack 1 (or new) before using this product.

7 Recommended operating condition

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