After waiting many months for the 109 to come out, I picked one up yesterday from a store which had only taken order of the 109's about two hours earlier.
The instructions provided with the burner state the maximum write speed and has two shapes, one corresponding to ZCLV (triangle) and the other to CAV
Speeds listed for (DVD-R) media are 1X, 2X, 4X, 6X, 8X*,12X* and 16X*.
I cannot access 1X, 2X or 4X on 8X media, those speeds are only accessable on 4X media. Is there a mention of this ANYWHERE on this 'instruction sheet' ? NO.... On Pioneers Australian web site? NOPE... Not a word...
Insert 8X media into the drive, start doing a burn... Burn starts at 6X then at 9%, jumps to 8X.... This is not CAV writing is it? Another misrepresentation from Pioneer.
I've always burnt my DVD's on my Sony 510 at 2X, as Kprobe scans show this to create very low error rates on certain media that at high speeds (4X) has a higher error rate.
If all advertising from Pioneer says 1X -> 16X and I buy 8X media that states (and using verbatim media as an example 'This disc complies with DVD-R Specification version 2.0 (1-8X)) then I SHOULD be able to select lower speeds as the media allows.
I've sent an email to pioneer asking clarification on this, and depending on their response (or possibly lack of), intend to file a formal complaint with consumer affairs that Pioneer has used misleading and deceptive advertising.
Perhaps if we can get enough people who have felt cheated by Pioneer, we can file a class action suit against Pioneer? Show DVD manufacturers we will not be lied to!.