Pioneer Launches Three New Internal BD DVD CD Writer Models with Further Improvements in Writing Quality and Speed

as well as a New Front Design

image of all three drives 



Model No.


Suggested Price

Planned Release Date

Internal BD/DVD/CD Writer


Premium model


September 2022


Advanced model



Standard model


Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today unveiled its new internal BD/DVD/CD writers with Serial ATA interface:  the BDR-S13U-X, a premium model with advanced features and quality; the BDR-S13UBK, an advanced model that offers reliability and stability; and the BDR-2213, a standard model.

With the increasing popularity of work from home, there are more occasions to store large amounts of data at home, such as work data and recordings of online meetings.

BDR-S13U-X, BDR-S13UBK and BDR-2213 are read and write compatible with BD and BDXL™ standard discs and archival optical media M-DISC. In addition to conventional high-precision writing speeds such as 16x BD-R, the new products support 6x writing speed to M-DISC (BD) Single Layer 25 GB and M-DISC (DVD), achieving higher writing speeds and improved writing quality*1. In addition, BDR-S13U-X and BDR-S13UBK are equipped with features for enjoying music on a PC, such as PureRead 4+*2, which faithfully reads audio CD data, and RealTime PureRead*2, which reduces the frequency of data interpolation in real time. BDR-2213 is equipped with PureRead 3+*2.

In terms of product appearance, the front bezel and tray cover have been redesigned, all while maintaining the quietness and high dust resistance of previous models. For BDR-S13U-X and BDR-S13UBK, the simple design of smoked acrylic with a hairline finish from which blue light seems to emerge with floating blue light and line accents creates a high-quality feel. For BDR-2213, the simple, flat design uses blue LED lighting and a hairline finish to create a contrasting texture.

Other features include a new Custom Eco function that reduces power consumption.

BDR-S13U-X product website
BDR-S13UBK product website
BDR-2213 product website




(1) 16x BD-R Writing and BDXL Support*1

Compatible with all BDXL Blu-ray media. Up to 16x maximum write speed on BD-R Single Layer (SL) 25GB media, up to 14x maximum write speed on BD-R Dual Layer (DL) 50GB media, up to 8x maximum write speed on BD-R Triple Layer (TL) 100GB media and up to 6x maximum write speed on BD-R Quadruple Layer (QL) 128GB media. DVD-R discs (Single Layer: 4.7GB) can be written at up to 16x, while music CDs can be read at up to 48x*3 speed.


(2) The latest versions of PureRead 4+ and RealTime PureRead*2BDR-S13U-X, BDR-S13UBK

When read errors caused by scratches or fingerprints occur when importing (ripping) audio CDs, using this function allows for automatic detection of the disc state, adjustment of the read method using an original algorithm, and then re-reading of the disc, minimizing error data interpolation. The algorithm utilized in PureRead 4+ is also used in RealTime PureRead, reducing the incidence of data interpolation in real time and playing back audio CDs with the original sound data. BDR-2213 is equipped with PureRead 3+*2.


(3) Equipped with an audio CD playback quality checking function

Equipped with an audio CD checking function that checks the playback quality of the audio CD being played and displays it at one of four levels (A to D).

If the quality level is poor (C or D), the function displays methods for dealing with the issues, including changing the unit settings.

You can choose from Full Mode, which checks all data for selected song, and Quick Mode, which checks data in a short period of time.


(4) Premium model with performance housing and parts (BDR-S13U-X

  • The dignified all-black exterior and interior of the body, which gives it the presence of a premium model, further enhances the drive’s performance with a special coating to reduce vibration, improve heat dissipation, and help suppress the laser’s diffuse reflection.
  • Utilizes new low-noise electrolytic capacitors. Paired with the same low-resistance flat cable as in previous models, the result is further improvement in conduction performance and reduction of noise in recording and playback signals.
  • Anti-vibration cushions and rubber reduce vibration when the disc rotates.
  • Using copper-plated screws improves conduction performance and reduces noise during recording and playback.
  • Noise reduction finish on disc tray reduces the sound produced when the tray opens and closes while also reducing vibration of the tray itself.

(5) Compatible with high-speed M-DISC writing for long-term data archiving*1

This product is compatible with M-DISC optical media for archiving, developed by US-based Millenniata Inc.It now also supports 6x writing on M-DISC (BD) SL and M-DISC (DVD).

M-DISC format supports M-DISC DVD/BD media (including 25GB Single Layer (SL), 50GB Dual Layer (DL) and 100GB Triple Layer (TL)).


(6) Custom Eco function helps reduce the drive’s power consumption

If the drive does not receive any commands (instructions for operation) from the PC for a specified period, this function will reduce the drive’s power consumption, such as by stopping the disc from rotating or reducing the disc rotation speed. Shortening this specified period will make the drive enter the power saving mode earlier.


(7) Unique honeycomb construction and cooling structure

These products feature a unique honeycomb structure that increases the rigidity of the housing and minimizes unnecessary vibration. It also commutes airflow generated within the housing by the rotation of the disc, circulating it effectively to alleviate  the temperature increase in the pickup and disc surface that occurs when the disc is rotated for extended periods or at high speed.


(8) Drive function setting tool, Pioneer BD Drive Utility, available fordownload free of charge

PureRead, RealTime PureRead and Custom Eco function can be configured as well as enabled and disabled with the Pioneer BD Drive Utility.


(9) Software, CyberLink® Media Suite 10*4for Windows® OS is available for download free of charge using bundled product key

       For BDR-S13U-X and BDR-S13UBK

       PowerDVD® 14Ultra HD Blu-ray™*5compatible, BDXL compatible, BD/DVD playback software

       PowerDirector® 19Video editing and BD/DVD authoring software
*PowerDirector for BDR-S13UBK is PowerDirector19 DE, which doesn’t have authoring function

       Power2Go® 11BDXL compatible disc writing software

       LabelPrint2.5Label design and printing software

       PhotoDirector® 10 LEPhoto editing software

       AudioDirector® 7 LEAudio editing software for video

       ColorDirector® 5 LEColor editing software for video

       MediaShow® 6 LEBDR-S13U-XImage and video management software

       Screen Recorder4BDR-S13U-XLive streaming and screen recording software

       MediaEspresso® (30days trial)BDR-S13U-XImage transformation software

       For BDR-2213

       PowerDVD 14BDXL compatible, BD/DVD playback software

       PowerDirector 19 DEVideo editing software

       Power2Go 11BDXL compatible disc writing software

       LabelPrint 2.5Label design and printing software

       PhotoDirector 10 LEPhoto editing software

       AudioDirector 7 LEAudio editing software for video

       ColorDirector 5 LEColor editing software for video

*1 For details on supported media, please refer to the media list at

*2 Not all discs or all portions of discs may be playable if they are too damaged.

*3 When the PureRead function is turned on, priority is given to reading accuracy, and the maximum playback speed of CD audio and CD-ROM is set to 40x. The PureRead function is turned on as a default setting. This function can be configured using Pioneer BD Drive Utility.

*4 These are bundled software versions. The specifications, functions and version numbers differ for the software when offered on a stand-alone basis. Regarding bundled software, direct inquiries to the following software manufacturers. CyberLink Support Center

*5 Playback of Ultra HD Blu-ray™ requires a separate device that supports HDMI2.0a, HDCP2.2, HDR (recommended) standards and a CPU that supports Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) technology. Intel SGX has been removed from Intel 11th generation and newer CPUs, and support for SGX may be removed on new versions of Intel drivers or utility programs such as Intel SGX and Intel Management Engine drivers and firmware in the future. Such changes could cause these platforms to lose support for Ultra HD Blu-ray movie disc playback. For information on other PC environment requirements, download the Ultra HD Blu-ray Advisor Tool to your PC, and check.


Specifications/ Operating environment


Serial ATA Revision 3.0 (1.5 Gbps)

Mounting Orientation

Horizontal or Vertical*6


148 mm(W)×42.3 mm(H)×181 mm(D)

5-13/16 in.(W)×1-21/32 in.(H)×7-1/8 in.(D)

Drive net weight

0.74 kg (1.63 lb)

Operating System

Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1

For details on specifications and operating environment, please refer to the product webpage:

BDR-S13U-X product webpage
BDR-S13UBK product webpage

BDR-2213 product webpage

*68 cm (3-9/64˝) discs cannot be used when the unit is used in a vertical configuration. (8 cm (3-9/64˝) disc adapters cannot be used.)



Product Comparison Chart












Ultra HD Blu-ray






M-DISC compatible




CD-DA(audio CD)playback quality checking function






PureRead 4+




PureRead 3+




Custom Eco function




Display disc information




Easy Setting




Dust-resisting and sound-dampening front bezel





Honeycomb structure




High-quality loading mechanism and noise reduction finish






All-black housing with special coating to reduce vibration, improve heat dissipation






Low-noise electrolytic capacitors






Low-resistance flat cable






Anti-vibration cushions and rubber






Copper-plated screws






Pioneer BD Drive Utility




Dust-resisting and sound-dampening mechanism








BDXL compatible




Optimum Writing Speed Feature





Optimal Write Strategy Prediction Algorithm


*This function emphasizes writing accuracy by automatically selecting the optimum writing speed for various BD-R media .


Disc Record Surface Quality Mode





*DVD-R CLV fixed writing mode



*This mode reduces the apparent color unevenness of the disc after writing.







*When writing a DVD-R, the writing method is fixed to CLV. This mode reduces the apparent color unevenness of the disc while maintaining the writing accuracy.



Trademarks and registered trademarks

• Pioneer and the Pioneer logo are registered trademarks of Pioneer Corporation.

• Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.

• M-DISC is a trademark of Millenniata, Inc.

• Intel is a trademark of Intel Corporation, registered in the U.S. and other countries.

•SERIAL ATA and its Design Mark are trademarks of Serial ATA International Organization.

•BLU-RAY DISC, BDXL, and the Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc are trademarks of the Blu-ray Disc Association.

•CyberLink, CyberLink PowerDVD, CyberLink Power2Go, CyberLink PowerDirector, CyberLink AudioDirector,

CyberLink ColorDirector, CyberLink Screen Recorder, CyberLink LabelPrint, CyberLink PhotoDirector, CyberLink MediaShow and CyberLink MediaEspresso are trademarks or registered trademarks of CyberLink Corporation.

•All other product and brand names used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks to their respective companies.