The DVR-A08XL is capable of writing at speeds up to 16x maximum on DVD-R and +R discs that are designed for this recording speed, as well as specified 8x media. With 16x media not yet available, Pioneer’s DVR-A08XL is allowing customers to write on currently available 8x media at faster speeds by capitalizing on Pioneer over specification technology, a writing strategy designed to allow the A08XL to record at higher speeds with certain media. The double-layer technology extends data storage capacity on DVD recordable discs from 4.7 gigabytes to 8.5 gigabytes. The new drive is also dual format, which support DVD-R and DVD-RW disc formats as well as the +R and +RW formats to eliminate consumer confusion.

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-A08 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.
  • 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
  CD CD-R 700 (type 80), 650MB (type 74), CD-RW, Highspeed CD-RW, Ultraspeed CD-RW
Read Support
  DVD DVD-ROM, DVD-VIDEO (Single & Dual layer), DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+r, DVD+RW & DVD-RAM
  CD CD-ROM(Mode1&2), CD-ROM XA, CD-DA (CD Audio), Video CD, PhotoCD (single/multi-session), CD EXTRA, CD-Text, CD-R, CD-RW
  ATAPI Interface ATA/ATAPI-5
  IDE Data Transfer Mode PIO Mode 4, Multi Word DMA Mode 2, Ultra DMA Mode 4 (Ultra DMA 66
  Auto Interface Analog Audio Output
Write Speed
  DVD-R 16x, 12x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x, 1x
  DVD - RW 4x*4, 2x, 1x
  DVD + R 16x, 12x, 8x, 6x, 4x. 2.4x
  DVD + RW 4x, 2.4x
  DVD+R DL*2 4x, 2.4x
  CD - R 32x, 24x , 16x, 10x, 4x
  CD - RW 24x, 20x, 16x, 10x, 4x
Read Speed
  DVD-ROM (Single) Max 16x CAV
  DVD-ROM (Dual) Max 12x CAV
  DVD+R, DVD-R Max 12x CAV
  DVD+RW, DVD-RW Max 8x  CAV
  DVD+R DL*2 Max 8x  CAV
  CD-ROM Max 40x CAV
  CD-R Max 40x CAV
  CD-RW Max 32x CAV
  CD-DA (DAE) Max 40x CAV
  CD-DA Max 9.3x CAV
  Video-CD Max 9.3x CAV
Access Time (random average)
  CD-ROM 130 msec
  DVD-ROM 140 msec
Seek Time (random average)
  CD-ROM 120 msec
  DVD-ROM 130 msec
Other Specifications
  Data Buffer 2 MBytes
  Mounting Orientation Horizontal and Vertical
  Maximum Power Consumption 25.25W
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 148 x 42.3 x 198mm, 5-13/16” x 1-11/16” x 7-13/16”
  Net Weight 1.1 kg, 2.42lbs
Description File Size
DVR-A08XL General Specifications 61 kb
DVR-A08XL Warranty Statement (in English) 353 kb
DVR-A08XL Warranty Statement (in French) 518 kb
R8 Recordable Media Manufucturers Write Speeds Chart 63 kb
DVR-A08XL & DVR-S806 Frequently Asked Questions 11 kb
Disc Care and Maintenance 57 kb

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Description File Size
DVR-A08XL firmware update to version 1.20B 1,177 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