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Pioneer DVD-115 - Conclusion

  July 17, 2000 Author: Tim Zakharov  


Conclusion

If you're looking for an extremely fast CD-ROM reader that also happens to play back DVD-Videos well, Pioneer's DVD-115 is well worth your consideration. With CD-ROM performance comparable to some of the fastest 48X CD-ROM drives we've tested, Pioneer's 16X DVD drive is an extremely capable reader. Also worth noting are its speedy CD-R and CD-RW reads. However, with this praise comes caution: questionable DAE quality might be enough to put off some folks. Depending on how seriously you take your audio extraction, this may make or break your purchasing decision. With so many things going for it, it's a shame that the DVD-115 had these DAE issues...otherwise we'd have seen it in a nearly flawless light (our only other quibbles were high heat levels and lower-than-advertised DVD-ROM transfer rates). As it currently stands, though, we can only recommend the DVD-115 to those who don't extract audio, or those who use an alternate drive for DAE.


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