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February 13, 2002, Tokyo, Japan -- Pioneer Corporation (NYSE: PIO) announced its new DVD recorder for release in Japan this early March* , the DVR-3000, at an affordable ¥125,000 suggested retail price. Pioneer's DVD recorder in Japan becomes the lineup of affordable DVR-3000 and the high-end DVR-7000, introduced in Japan in July last year. The company said it will produce 20,000 units of DVR-3000s monthly.
* The date of product release has been postponed to approximately the end of June.
Pioneer has led the DVD recorder market, since it released the world's first DVD recorder, the DVR-1000 (¥250,000 suggested retail price), in December 1999 to the Japanese market followed by the DVR-2000 (same suggested retail price) in December 2000 that features Video Mode (DVD-Video format) recording for attaining playback compatibility with existing DVD players*1. Then in July 2001, the company launched the DVR-7000 (¥198,000 suggested retail price in Japan), which offers Progressive Scan playback, linear PCM sound recording, and other high-quality picture and sound features.
The new DVR-3000 comes with a variety of features designed to make high-quality DVD recording and playback easier to enjoy. With the introduction of this model, Pioneer's DVD recorder lineup in Japan now comprises the affordable DVR-3000 and the high-end DVR-7000 that has been sold well since its introduction.
The DVR-3000 inherits many of the high-quality technologies of the DVR-7000. It offers easy recording with the remote controller and a DV terminal (i.LINK*2) that enables easy digital dubbing*3 of high-quality video sources from digital camcorders to DVD-R/RW discs. The DVR-3000 is also equipped with a Progressive Scan circuit employed in high-end DVD players for faithful reproduction of high-quality video images. To make DVD playback more user-friendly, the DVR-3000 includes new features such as a zoom function capable of enlarging a portion of the picture, and Dolby*4 Virtual Surround.
The DVR-3000 was jointly developed by Sharp Corporation and Pioneer, as part of the Digital Media Project launched by the two companies in July 2000. The goal of this project is to combine their technologies in next-generation digital products. By combining Pioneer's DVD-R/RW recording and playback technology and Sharp's VCR device and manufacturing technologies, the DVR-3000 will provide greater satisfaction to users.
With the rapid market acceptance of DVD players, and its versatile features such as random access capability, high picture quality, durability, and compact size, DVD-R and DVD-RW are enjoying wide popularity as quality recording media. In this rapidly growing market, Pioneer will continue to expand the world of DVD, or Digital Versatile Disc, by emphasizing the attractive feature of DVD-R/RW recording that offers playback compatibility with existing DVD players.
1 ) Flexibility in the Choice of Disc Types and Recording Modes
2 ) Timer Recording- Versatile Yet Easy to Use
3 ) Convenient, Yet Advanced Features Unique to DVD Recorders
4 ) Cutting-edge Technologies to Ensure Superb Picture and Sound Quality
5 ) Other Features that Support Excellent Picture Quality
6 ) Three Other Features to Enhance Enjoyment
7 ) Copy Protection Technologies
In addition to Macrovision signal detection and CGMS*6 signal judgment, the DVR-3000 has been made to prevent recording against the will of the copyright owner by corresponding to CPRM*7. Moreover, the playback of a disc that has been reproduced without consent is not possible due to the Media ID Detection function. Furthermore, a protection technology which prevents the reproduction of video contents protected by CSS*8 is provided in blank DVD-R/RW discs.
|Recording mode||VR mode||Video mode|
|DVD-RW||Yes (Ver. 1.0/1.1)||Yes (Ver 1.1)|
|Recording Time||FINE: 1 hour|
SP: 2 hours
LP: 4 hours
EP: 6 hours
|FINE: 1 hour|
SP: 2 hours
LP: 4 hours
|Disc Timer recording||Yes||No|
|Support of G-codes||Yes|
|Playback||Compatible media||DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD, VCD, CD-R, CD-RW|
|Disc Navigation||Yes||Yes (Before finalization)|
|Title List||No||Yes (After finalization)|
|Editing||Input of titles||Yes (English, kana, numerals)|
|Chapter Mark||Yes (anywhere)||Yes (in 3/5/10/30 minute|
intervals, or none)
|TV system||NTSC system|
|Receivable channels||VHF: 1-12 ch|
|UHF: 13-62 ch|
|CATV: C13-C63 ch *11|
|Terminals||Input||Video/audio: 2 (incl. 1 at the front)*12|
|S video: 2 (incl. 1 at the front)|
|S video: 2|
|Component video: PIN|
|Optical digital: 1|
|Coaxial digital output: 1|
|DV input/output terminal (iLink-compliant)|
|Number of recordable programs||On main unit||8 programs (within 1 year)|
|On disc||8 programs (within 1 year)|
|Tuning to reception channels||Auto (for specified areas)/Manual|
|Dimensions||420 (W) x 82 (H) x 362 (D) mm|
|Weight (Main unit)||5.6kg|
|Power supply||AC110V 50/60 Hz|
|Power consumption||38W (on standby 0.5W, FL off)|