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Answer: To watch Blu-ray titles, you need to read the Blu-ray Disc at 1x. To watch Blu-ray 3D titles, you need to read the disc at 2x. Connection by USB 2.0 can allow reading of Blu-ray Discs up to 6x, so USB 2.0 is more than enough in most operating environments. Of course with USB 3.0, its even more than enough.
Answer: BDXL discs can only be read on BDXL drives.
Answer: The BDR-XU03 will work with newer software in a Windows 8, 7, Vista, or XP SP3 environment. It will even work with Mac OS X software. However, as with all current Blu-ray drives, it will not work with playback software that does not support Bus Encryption. Bus Encryption was implemented into playback software in 2011.
Answer: The drive can operate in a Mac OS X environment (Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8). Use Finder to read and write to Blu-ray, DVD and CD media. Use DVD player to play back DVD movies. Blu-ray playback requires additional software (not included).
Answer: Yes, the drive can be used in a vertical orientation with the included stand.
Answer: PureRead and Auto Quiet Mode can be configured as well as enabled and disabled with the Pioneer BDR-XU03 Drive Utility. This utility is available for download on this website.
Answer: Ensure that the drive is connected and recognized by the computer before starting the utility. Ensure that the correct utility (BDR-XU03) is used. Connect the drive to the PC and restart the BDR-XU03 utility.
Answer: If the USB hub is powered (AC adapter), the BDR-XU03 may work, however the drive’s read and write speed may be reduced. The BDR-XU03 will not work if the USB hub is not powered.
Answer: From January 1, 2012, all playback software is required to disable analog outputs from the PC for high-definition copy protected content. For such content, an HDCP display (monitor/TV) is required and it must be connected to the PC using a digital DVI (DVI-D), HDMI, or DisplayPort cable. The best way to know if a display supports HDCP is if it has HDMI inputs. The next best way is to look at the display's user manual. When playing non-copy-protected high definition video (such as home videos), or copy protected DVDs, the computer’s analog outputs are enabled and non-HDCP display systems will work. Note: This limitation is not applicable to laptop computers with built-in displays/monitors, only when using external monitors.
1Note: Triple and quad layer BDXL discs can only be used in BDXL drives.
26x BD-R and BD-R DL write speed achieved using certain media and only with the Pioneer USB driver installed (when using a PC with USB 2.0) which can be downloaded from this site.
3PowerRead is not guaranteed to work with all disc conditions or under all PC environments.
4PureRead2+ is not guaranteed to work with all disc conditions or under all PC environments .
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