Thank you for your reply Two Degrees.
Hmmm, seems I may have to drop pioneer an email and pose the question to them. Does anyone have any experience with email reply from them?
I'm in the UK, so they may be curious as to why I would want to buy an imported japanese dvd-writer.
Just in case your wondering why I'm going through so much trouble to get a japanese drive, it's because i want a silver coloured A08, and since Pioneer Europe dont do them, and all the US retailers are now discontinuing this item, I'm really left with no choice.... Unless of course anyone is offering to send me over an A08-XLC and we can sort out a price.