Pioneer Blu-ray drives are the go-to drive for many users including for professional use, to the extent that Pioneer optical drives have become the drives of choice. There are many reasons for this—Pioneer devices have many unique features that take advantage of long-cultivated knowledge and technology accumulated in the development of optical drives, as well as being one of the few manufacturers to not only design in-house the optical pickup, one of the most important parts in the design of optical drives, but to use in-house development and manufacture for the optical drive itself. Here, we’ll introduce the reasons that Pioneer’s Blu-ray drives are the drives of choice for a wide range of users.
The history of Pioneer optical disc drives started with the development of LaserDiscs, and the company continued with the development and manufacture of all optical disc drives, including for CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays. This optical disc drive technology and expertise accumulated over many years is fundamental to the performance and quality of current Pioneer Blu-ray drives.
A home-use optical video disc player was first exhibited at the “Consumer Electronics Show” held in Las Vegas in the United States. In June of the same year, the VP-1000 LaserDisc player was launched in the United States.
The P-D1 CD player was brought to market by building upon the optical pickup technology developed for LaserDiscs.
After the format wars surrounding next-generation optical discs, Pioneer joined the DVD Consortium (later the DVD Forum) and started creating the DVD-R standard.
Pioneer became a founding member of the Blu-ray Disc Founders (later the BDA) and participated in developing these standards.
Using the technology developed up until that point, Pioneer started the development of a Blu-ray disc writer, releasing the BDR-101A internal BD/DVD writer for PCs.
2006 Release of the BDR-PR1 business-use BD writer.
Pioneer launched the BDR-S11 series, the world’s first Blu-ray drive supporting Ultra HD Blu-ray high-definition 4K content.
Pioneer uses in-house development and manufacture for everything—from optical pickups through to disc transport mechanisms, control circuitry for these, and even the chassis. This drive condenses our expertise in optical disc technology going back to the era of the LaserDisc, enabling stable read and write operations.
Pioneer Blu-ray drives are renowned for their high writing quality, and are used for storage of historical documents such as those in libraries and museums, examination and treatment data in medical institutions, academic content and research data in educational institutions, and master data at broadcasters. The drives are also used for the storage of confidential documents, statistical data, and other data in government offices.
In previous drives, when a read error occurred because of problems such as scratches or fingerprints on music CDs, this section with the error was interpolated and the sound approximated from this. Pioneer Blu-ray drives include PureRead technology, a unique technology for accurately reading data from music CDs. This technology automatically determines the state of discs that have scratches and makes adjustments accordingly to use an optimal read method, thus providing reading of music CDs that is as close as possible to the original.
Different to the predominant tray-type used in slim external USB drives, our unique slot loading mechanism provides ease-of-use with an ingenious, novel configuration. Additionally, the high-speed stationary type incorporates a disc resonance stabilizer that also calculates airflow when the disc is rotating at high speeds. This mechanism provides more stable writing. "A range of other innovations provide industry-leading stability in writing and read operations. "
Pioneer’s unique design blends a luxurious design with the functionality of a space-saving clamshell type that opens and closes vertically, as well as a slot loading type that enables easy loading and removal of discs.
Optical discs provide long-term storage of data—in excess of 200 years—reducing waste from the disposal of data storage equipment. Optical discs themselves are fully recyclable, so they are truly a sustainable data storage medium. Also, apart from when they are handling data, optical disc drives use no power, and are thus kind to the environment. In addition to comprehensive power-saving measures such as the unique Custom Eco function, the design and manufacture of Pioneer products takes into account the various environmental regulations of different countries, including compliance with the European RoHS Directive (10 substances) regarding restrictions on the use of certain specific hazardous substances included in electrical and electronic devices.
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