Search EMediaLive
Research Center
Blu-ray Disc (BD)
CD-R/RW Drives
Copy Protection
Digital Audio
DVD Authoring Services
DVD Authoring Tools
HD/DVD/CD Duplication
HD/DVD/CD Printers
HD/DVD/CD Replication
Recording Software
Standards Issues
The DVD Market
Writable DVD Drives
Online Advertising
Buyer's Guide
Subscribe to Magazine
Subscribe to Newsletter
Privacy Policy

Other Related Sites
Streaming Media
Review: CenDyne DVR-104 DVD-R/RW Drive
Posted Sep 1, 2002 Print Version     Page 1of 1

CenDyne's DVR-104 is exactly what its name would suggest—a CenDyne bundle of Pioneer's fourth-generation DVD-Recorder, the A04, which combines 2X DVD-R and DVD-RW recording with 8X CD-R and 4X CD-RW. The drive ships with Sonic's always welcome MyDVD 3.1 and InterVideo WinDVD for DVD playback. An ATAPI-only offering, the bundle also includes everything you need to connect and mount an ATAPI drive in an available bay in your PC.

Evaluated on our testbed PC, a 1.5gHz Pentium IV Dell with 256MB RAM running Windows ME and roughly 20GB of available HDD space, the DVR-104 met all expectations, which are pretty high in these predisposed-to-DVD-R parts. Tested with several DVD-R discs from two manufacturers (Pioneer and Verbatim) for DVD images created in MyDVD 3.1 and neoDVD, one Verbatim DVD-RW disc, and a dozen or so CD-Rs in VideoCD, Super VCD, and CD-DA formats, the drive performed up to spec on all occasions, not even blowing a single disc. All discs played back in consumer players, as well as the DVD-R drive itself via (with the DVD-Videos) the bundled WinDVD.

Installation was a breeze, and I was ready to burn within minutes. I use the term "ready to burn" advisedly—although DVD recording happens relatively fast these days with the A04's 2X speed, and will accelerate considerably when 4X drives debut later this year—if you've got video to render, encode, compress, etc., before burning, you're in for a wait. Those of us who have graduated to DVD-R from CD-R (as opposed to other video output devices) left real-time behind us a long time ago. Quad-speed DVD-R will take us further down that path when it hits the streets, but video formatting will keep us waiting still. But we can't blame CenDyne or Pioneer for that. We can, however, credit them for delivering a rock-solid reliable drive that records widely compatible DVD discs on increasingly inexpensive media.

CenDyne DVR-104

MSRP: $449

FREE Email NewsLetters
more info
  more info
Print Version   Page 1of 1


Royalty Free Music -- Sound Effects -- Stock Music
Hear our large, fresh catalogue of professional grade Royalty Free Music / Buyout Music highly suitable for Broadcast, Video/DVD, Multimedia, CDROM, etc. All available as full tracks or looping sections. Sound effects too! Instant download, or CD.

The perfect printer when your "corner office" turns into a photo lab. With the PIXMA MP830 Office-All-In-One Printer you get print, copy, scan and fax capabilities, all in one simple to use multi-functional machine.

Save on Laptops and Plasma, LCD & Projection TVs
Browse our selection of Plasma, LCD and Projection TVs. We have great prices and we deilver! We've got the largest selection of Notebooks and Tablet PCs, with prices as low as $599 for full featured notebooks! Check us out, you won't be disappointed.

Strong narrations and 100+ character voices
NY-based, International Award-winning VO will narrate your corporate, PowerPoint, website, point-of-sale, medical, documentary, museum, training or other project.

Great prices and service on Laptops, TVs & more!
Looking for a Plasma TV, LCD or Projection TV? You have come to the right place. We offer low prices, fast and friendly service. Our selection of Notebook and Tablet PCs is one of the largest with prices starting at under $600 for complete systems!

Add your link here>>

DVD Duplication Equipment, DVD Duplicator, DVD Printer, by MF Digital
Primera Technology - DVD Duplicators CD Duplication and Disc Printers
DVD Duplicators and CD Duplication Equipment at Octave
ProAction Media - The CD / DVD Duplication Service and Equipment Pros
CD DVD Duplicator, CD Printer and DVD Copier Equipment - Summation
DVD duplicators, CD duplication by Disc Makers
Fast, Accurate CD and DVD Duplication Services from DiscNow
Mediatechnics CD & DVD Production Services
Blank CDs, Blank DVDs from Disc Makers
Tapestockonline One Stop Media Shop - DVD’s, Publishers, Ink, Mini DV and HD
DVD duplicator, CD printer and DVD / CD copier machines from StorDigital