Looking for a good Blu-ray burner

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#1

Hello folks,

I was wondering if anyone could recommend me a good internal Blu-ray burner/combo drive. This is my first Blu-ray drive so I am unsure as of what to look for in terms of drive quality (longevity, low defect rate, etc.) and which drive, given a good media to write on, will produce a good quality burn.

Also, I was browsing a couple of other topics on your forum and I saw some people mention the term ‘jitter’. Might I ask, what does that term mean?

Thanks in advance!


#2

I was looking at the Pioneer BDR-2208 but I am not sure how it stands up to some of the other drives in its price range. Anyone have any thoughts on that topic?

Here is a link from Newegg in case you need to see the specs: Pioneer-2208


#3

I’m also looking at the Pioneer burners at the moment. I’m more interested in the 207MBK however.

Pioneer blu ray burners have an excellent reputation amongst our users, and around the net. I don’t think you’ll go wrong getting one, if burn quality is your priority.

Jitter is a variation in reading information from your discs. To see a better explanation see this thread: http://club.myce.com/f96/understanding-jitter-195131/#.UL55KteE-QI


#4

[QUOTE=Kerry56;2667328]I’m also looking at the Pioneer burners at the moment. I’m more interested in the 207MBK however.

Pioneer blu ray burners have an excellent reputation amongst our users, and around the net. I don’t think you’ll go wrong getting one, if burn quality is your priority.

Jitter is a variation in reading information from your discs. To see a better explanation see this thread: http://club.myce.com/f96/understanding-jitter-195131/#.UL55KteE-QI[/QUOTE]

Thank you for getting back to me. Any particular reason you like the 207MBK over the 2208 model? I have no opinion one way or the other, I am just trying to get a good quality drive for my new rig.


#5

I’ve heard more about the 207, and seen some satisfied users. And I don’t need the extra speed offered in the 2208.

There isn’t enough there to tempt me into spending another $20.


#6

[QUOTE=Kerry56;2667330]I’ve heard more about the 207, and seen some satisfied users. And I don’t need the extra speed offered in the 2208.

There isn’t enough there to tempt me into spending another $20.[/QUOTE]

One of the reviews that I saw on Newegg said that the 207MBK was unable to get firmware updates, do you know if that is true? I also noticed that there are a few different 207 models MBK and DBK being two of them. Do you happen to know, or know where I can find, the differences between the models?


#7

The latest firmware for the 207MBK is found here: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Computer/Computer+Drives/BDR-207MBK

It may already have this one though.

You can find the differences in the models at the Pioneer site:

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Computer/Computer+Drives/BDR-207MBK (same link as before)

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Computer/Computer+Drives/BDR-207DBK


#8

I’m a bit in the same boat, living in Europe. Shopping for a Bluray burner for the first time and looking at some Pioneer drives which are rather thinly spread here. Currently I see the following models stocked: BDR-207EBK, BDR-208DBK and BDR-S06XLB. All seem to support XLB? But what would be the wisest choice. What do all these codes mean: EBK DBK the also seems to be a 208JDK? Or maybe should I go for a Lite-on, ASUS or LG drive?


#9

Only the BDR-207EBK can burn BDXL of the drives you listed. If you are interested in using BDXL, I consider that a good choice.


#10

Thanks, I ordered the 207EBK. Not that BDXL is that important. I have yet to see the media and prices of BDXL discs. The 207 seemed a good offer and came in a retail package, probably just a box though, although people in the UK get additional software. What is the difference between DBK, EBK, MDK and JDK?


#11

my 207ebk didnt come with any software but at least it was cheaper than the bulk version for some reason :slight_smile:


#12

@eddy64

Where did you get it? Was it just a box, nothing else? Was it marked bulk or retail?


#13

i bought it from ebuyer it was advertised as retail :-

http://www.ebuyer.com/388526-pioneer-12xbdrw-multilayer-128gb-retail-bdr-207ebk

out of stock now.


#14

Mine just the same, oh well. You can find software for free on the internet. Bought mine in the Netherlands as retail. Guess it means just a box.


#15

[QUOTE=dikkiedirk;2668019]Thanks, I ordered the 207EBK. Not that BDXL is that important.[B] I have yet to see the media and prices of BDXL discs.[/B] The 207 seemed a good offer and came in a retail package, probably just a box though, although people in the UK get additional software. What is the difference between DBK, EBK, MDK and JDK?[/QUOTE]

BK means black faceplate.
D
is the kinda degraded variant, without BDXL support at all.
M* and J* are the full featured burners with BDXL support, M* is the origin version and J* is for Japan only.
E* is the worldwide spread version of M/J.

There are BD-R TL and BD-R QL discs, starting from about €30 per disc.
TL means Triple Layer and can hold max. 100GB in theory.
QL means Quad Layer and can hold up to 128 GB max theroetically.
There is also BD-RE TL media. BD-RE QL doesnt exist.


#17

Hi to all,
I want to buy a Pioneer Blu-ray writer, what you advised me to buy, 207MBK or 208DBK?


#18

That I would like to know also … what would you recommend between 207MBK or 208BBK ? which one has better write quality?


#19

There isn’t much difference between the 207 and 208 models regarding writing quality. Pioneer seems to have plateaued after releasing the 205, not that this is a bad thing, since all of these models are good drives.

If you need BDXL support, get the 207MBK. If you don’t ever anticipate needing that, get the 208DBK or the 2208 if you’d prefer the retail model.