- Pioneer's DVR-A08XLA Jumps to 4x Dual Layer Speeds
On the hunt for a new DVD burner and you're looking to find one thats got all the bangs and whistles? Toms Hardware review one today, Pioneer's DVR-A08XLA which is not only capable of dual layer burning, but it'll do it at 4x speeds as well. 'Tis however a shame that media availability continues to be such a rarity for the dual layer sector of the market in general. Hopefully a not too lengthy wait will change that.
The speed war continues, but the battle lines have moved. Single layer DVD-burning (DVD-R and DVD+R) is reaching its limits. At 16x, it takes six minutes to burn a DVD, but this is a medium that spins at 10,000 rpm. Beyond that, it produces uncontrollable vibrations. Ways of reducing these vibrations have been researched but would be too expensive to incorporate into products that cost less than $200.
The battle for speed will therefore move to new ground, that of the new dual layer technology, even though it has barely gotten off the ground (read our roundup of the earliest dual layer burners here).
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