Pioneer Electronics Inc., a leader in recordable DVD technology, announced that a new multiple format external DVD/CD writer will be available in mid-September at a suggested retail price of $299. With the DVR-S606, Pioneer delivers its first external drive in a sleek industrial design that is quick and easy to install. The drive can sit vertically or horizontally, supports multiple DVD media formats, and plugs into standard IEEE 1394 (Firewire) and USB 2.0 ports.
The DVR-S606 is a high capacity optical storage system based on the Pioneer DVR-A06, the company's sixth-generation internal recordable drive. It enables users to write a wide variety of files to DVD for storage or playback in other DVD devices. In common with the DVR-A06, the DVR-S606 is compatible with the DVD Forum's recording formats, DVD-R/DVD-RW as well as +R/+RW discs — a move that directly responds to consumers' requests that DVD writers should handle various formats in order to reduce confusion in the marketplace.