Having done tonnes of research, I am about to pull the trigger and buy the A06 (retail). I would have bought one by now if it for a report that shows ridiculously poor testing performance in a PC World review....
PC World - Dual Format Rewritables
The -RW and +RW performance was 107 and 164 minutes, verses the DRU510 of 9 and 5 minutes (respectively).
The report goes on to try and justify the poor performance and a rep from Pioneer infers that this poor performance is to be expected if you want the (always on) error correction checking to take place....
"...the Pioneer drive took far longer to complete our write tests. Why? The DVR-A06 builds in full support for UDF 2.0 defect management both in its hardware and in software via Software Architects' Write DVD packet-writing package. The software automatically initiates a write-verify cycle. But in ensuring data integrity, you trade off performance.
"With 2X media, it should give you the equivalent of a 1X write," says Andy Parsons, senior vice president of Pioneer USA's business solutions division. He adds that after the first pass, the software will reverify the data only once every ten writes. "
This scares the heck (being polite) out of me.... what a lemon.... did PC World get a dud, use the wrong media or is this the performance you have to expect for RW media on the A06- as per the SVP of Pioneer, US ? With this performance, how can the RW claim to be 2 and 2.4 ?
Please let me know your experience as I want one of these drives but will go with the DRU510 if the RW performance is really this poor. Thanks