Nothing else than the mail I got from my contact person @ Pioneer:
I trust that you are well....
I'd like to wish you a very Happy New Year and a prosperous 2005 to you.
This is no problem.......
I can tell you that we will only be selling the DVR-109 (bulk model) here in Europe,
so I will happily arrange to send you a DVR-109 for you to review.
FYI - We will not be selling the DVR-A09XL (retail model with s/w bundle).
We are expecting for our 1st shipment of DVR-109's to arrive in our warehouse around
the end of this month and I have already requested for some of these drives to be allocated
for press and reviewers.
I will duly arrange to send one over to you just as soon as they arrive here in Europe.
With best regards for now Tor,
Product Planning / Technical Support Engineer (Components)
Pioneer Europe NV - Multimedia Division
Pioneer Europe NV - Multimedia Division,
Pioneer House, Hollybush Hill,
Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire,
Well - if you do not believe me - why not ask pioneer for yourself?
About pre-judging it......well, my first drive was an pioneer OEM (memorex) DVR-106D - and to be honest it was GREAT.
But unfortunately both DVR-107D (Poor writing quality, slower speeds than others in some areas) and DVR-A08XLA (Extremely poor media compatibility, will not write at 16x even on media certified for 16x by pioneer, Z-CLV and slower speeds than competition in several areas).
So - yes, I doubt pioneer have caught up with these issues yet - and looking at the specs they do indicate so as well, only 40x CD-Writing is one indication - most(Benq DW1625/Plextor PX716/NEC ND-35x0A/Lite-On/AOpen) other new drives come with 48x CD-Writing.
But sure, let's hope that pioneer DO manage to get it right this time