The DVR-A07XL is Pioneer's first 8x8 dual format writer, meaning it is capable of writing at 8x speed on DVD-R discs whose standard is being ratified in the DVD Forum and +R discs that are designed for this recording speed.  The new drive also records high-speed DVD-RW and +RW discs at up to 4x speed, and CD-R and CD-RW discs at up to 24x speed. 

Pioneer engineers focused on improving the writing/recording quality and reliability for high-speed writing.  New technology accommodates for variances in blank media.  Some of the technological advancements include:

  • Quiet Drive technolgoy which reduces the operating noise by about 75%.
  • Pioneer-developed Liquid Crystal Control System for precise recording onto the surface of discs that may be warped or of uneven thickness.
  • Smart Laser Driver to provide a precise laser pulse control and achieve more reliable recording for high-speed writing.
  • Precision Recording Technology, which utilizes an auto-adjustable writing technique to enable recording under the best conditions for each disc characteristic at all times. This technology, first introduced in the DVR-A06, enables the DVR-A07 to achieve optimal initial writing performance and helps to minimize the normal deterioration of re-recordable discs due to repeated writing.  As a result, the quality for repeatedly used DVD-RW discs is up to 10 times better than previous writers. 
  • A Defect Management System that enhances the writing reliability further, while maintaining read compatibility with other DVD-ROM drives, DVD players and DVD recorders.
  • An Ultra Dynamic Resonance Absorber that reduces vibrations that can affect performance during high-speed recording and playback of some discs.  With this feature, the high precision servo system remains stable during both high-speed recording and playback.
Write Support
  • DVD-R 4.7GB (*1), DVD-RW DVD+R ,DVD+RW
  • CD-R 700 (Type 80),(Type 74), CD-RW, High-speed CD-RW
Read Support
  • DVD-ROM, DVD Video (single & dual layer), DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD +R, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM
  • CD-ROM (Mode1&2), CD-ROM XA, CD-DA (CD Audio), Video CD PhotoCD (single/multi-session), CD EXTRA (CD-Plus), CD-Text, CD-R, CD-RW
Write Speed
  • 8X Z-CLV (8X DVD-R media), 6X (8X DVD-R Media), 4X(4X DVD-R Media), 2X, 1X
  • 4X(4X DVD+RW media), 2.4X
  • 8X Z-CLV (8X DVD+R media), 6X(8X DVD+R media), 4X(4X DVD+R media) 2.4X
  • 4X (4X DVD-RW media), 2X (2X DVD-RW media), 1X
  • 24X Z-CLV, 16X, 8X, 4X
  • 24X Z-CLV (Ultra-Speed CD-RW media), 16X (Ultra-Speed CD-RW media), 10X (High Speed CD-RW media), 4X
Read Speed
  • Max 12X CAV
  • Max 8X CAV
  • Max 8X CAV
  • Max 8X CAV
  • MAX 40X CAV (Mode 1)
  • MAX 32X CAV
Other Specifications
  • 130 msec
  • 140 msec
  • 2MB
  • Horizontal & Vertical
  • ATAPI (PIO Mode4)/Multi Word DMA Mode2) Ultra DMA33 (Ultra DMA Mode2)
Description File Size
DVR-A07XL Firmware update to version 1.22 1,176 kb
DVR Advanced Quiet-Drive Utility version 1.05
to reduce noise while the disc spins (for Windows 98/ME/XP/2000)
262 kb
Device Info & firmware level detector 232 kb