So I have come to the conclusion that the Pioneer XD05 is probably my best bet for my Macbook Pro.
However snooping around on the Japanese Pioneer website (with Google translate at my side), I have discovered that there appears to be a number of XD05 variants open to the Japanese market.
So part one of my question is basically; would it be advisable to import a drive, has anyone any experiences or tales of woe? I have already considered additional import duty and tax, that’s no issue. My main concern is support and finding further firmware updates. Without the help of Google I am hopeless at understanding Japanese and some of the webpage translation can be patchy. So there is a certain element of risk attached, not only for support purposes but also should anything go wrong in transit, go faulty with the drive etc, etc.
Part two is more drive specific.
In the UK the latest version appears to be XD05TB
In Japan on the Pioneer site (Google Chrome browser has an in house translator) there is:
XD05J2 (Listed as new)
XD05BK2 (Listed as new)
A comparison table shown here, indicates a couple of extra features including “Light & verify mode” and “intelligent Eco mode”. More importantly it features “PureRead2 +” which seems to be an update on the current UK offering. More on that here
Is there anything else I am missing here? It does seem as though the Japanese XD05BK2 (assuming that model is the best possible current model), is an upgrade to the XD05TB over here?
With delivery, duty and tax I have calculated I could buy the “updated” drive for Â£67, instead of the Â£82 for an “outdated” UK spec. If anyone has any experience with regard to imports or advice on the models I am looking at, please feel free to comment.