Pioneer PD-R19RW CD Recorders/Players

PD-R19RW

CD R &RW Recorder/Player

User Reviews (7)

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jimmyjames8   AudioPhile [Feb 08, 2002]
Strength:

Possibly exact digital copies, certainly great sounding copies for the car or whatever.

Weakness:

Slow 1x write speed, no hard drive for editing, no read in buffer.

After having gone thru 2 outboard computer cdr/rw burners and 2 other consumer audio cdr/rw machines, I had to post again on this wonderful machine. It''s slow 1x/1x but it makes a great sounding if not exact duplicate of anything digital you put in to it. This is one of those cult classic pieces of gear. Buy one if you can find it and are patient (only runs at one speed, real time slow, sit back and listen to the music as you burn). Have had dropouts, skips, unreadable discs, and distortion with any other rig, computer or consumer audio.

Similar Products Used: Yamaha CDR/RW computer burner, Iomega CR/RW burner, Sony CDR machine, Yamaha cdr hd1000
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Jim Pearce   Audiophile [Apr 27, 2001]
Strength:

Superb DAC and analog output stage.

Weakness:

Indifferent analog recording quality. Cannot power off from remote.

This unit is not as convenient for digital to digital recording as the new units such as the PDR-39RW. However, I tried two PDR-39RWs and they both broke within a week. The Denon does a better job recording from analog sources.

The PDR-19 has an outstanding DAC and analog output stage. The transport is very mediocre. I use my Sony DVM650D DVD player as transport, through a Cardas Lightning coax cable. I then run from the Pioneer in monotor mode through Cardas Golden Cross into a Denon 4800 in analog direct mode through the preamp out by Cardas TwinLink cables to a Rotel 991B power amp. The sound is just tremendous.

Similar Products Used: Denon 1000, Pioneer Elite PDR-39RW
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
John L   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 14, 2001]

Pioneer Elite PDR-19RW CD Recorder
Re-Recording up to 500 Times
44.1 kHz Sampling Frequency
Hi-Bit Legato Link Conversion
24-Bit D/A Converter
20-Bit A/D Converter
Optical & Coaxial Digital Input & Output
Copper Chassis Construction
Acoustically Dampened Chassis
High Voltage Power Supply
Get it for:$879.00

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Jimmy James   an Audiophile [Aug 23, 1999]

I bought the Pioneer Elite PD-R19RW on the recommendation of a local dealer who owned an earlier version of this CD recorder. He claimed it would outperform any of the phillips or MArantz machines. He sells both. I paid $900 + tax for this machine from a competing dealer. Overall I am very pleased with the performance of this CD recorder. I have made a half dozen analog to digital archival copies of vinyl and the sound is only one notch below very good analog. One note on A to D recording. I found that a much better copy is made going straight out of an analog preamp (AA VAC in the box)to the analog inputs of the recorder than going thru and out of a main system preamp (ML 380S). I have only made 2 direct from digital recordings and would preliminarily say that they are a half notch removed from the master with the A to D stuff being a full notch removed. For the money I think it is a good deal. Phillips now has a machine selling locally for $500. I would be interested in comparisons. Everything I read says the money and therefore the short comings are in the Ato D chip. IF you are going to just make digital copies of CD's, the lesser $ machines may do the trick. Negatives are: remote and face plate controls are not 100% duplicated. Buttons to small on remote. Analog level setting with pot is tedious. Digital level setting is automatic. Recording and editing in digital mode is tricky. You will make mistakes and unfortunatly you cannot erase on CDR's but you can program in a skip which works on two players I have tried but maynot(as OM says)work on all, especially car players.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
John Dooley   Audiophile [Jun 06, 2000]
Strength:

Digital Optical and Coaxial Inputs and Outputs. Analog Inputs and Outputs like normal Tape Deck

Weakness:

Automatic Digital transfer - no level entry

First let me thank the reviewer before me with his fine detailed review. I also bought this unit by the knowledge and suggestion of my local High-End Audio store in Tustin CA. I believe this all began when I received a new company car without a cassette tape deck, but with a CD player. I was so use to custom making cassette tapes for the ride to work, that I figured I could do the same with CD's. At the same time I have returned to Vinyl LP's with a new Rega turntable while collecting late 1950's and early 1960's Jazz records, plus a few late 1960's Rock LP's. Another factor was that I was taping and making copies of Mystical Christian sermons from an Orthodox Christian semi-monastic group from Whitter CA. A brain storm came to me that I would use this CD recorder to make the master edit and then make cassette tapes from it, and at the same time give the people at church a CD if they requested it. This Pioneer CD Recorder fit the bill. I have made 2 CD's as master edits from a cassette taping of sermons with medition music from CD's. This was just an experiment. At first I was scared that mixing analog with digital might come out uneven, but the way this CD unit records; it holds the burning until it receives sound and it makes it hard for you to make a mistake. In the future I plan to tape my church singing so as to not get into any copyright problems. I also made a CD copy of some turn of the century British Classical music from a LP and the CD turned out beautiful. I also suggest as the reviewer did before me, that this CD Recorder unit may have a better Analog to Digital transfer, and I may add that the Pioneer Elite line is more heavy built then their normal product line. Therefore if you plan to keep this type of machine for a long time...this is the one to buy.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Jim Rucker   Audiophile [Nov 21, 2000]
Strength:

Outstanding fidelity, excellent ergonomics, very easy to use

Weakness:

another crummy remote with tiny buttons and hard to read legends

I have used a Phillips CDR for about a year and a half, and been fairly happy with it. I got into the Pioneer through a contact on ebay, got it at a very good price, and couldn't be happier with the unit. It is extremely easy to use, and works better than the Phillips unit. Start and stop mean just that, not wait a second or two to implement the command. The sound from the unit is quite nice, as good or better than that produced by my MSB link-DAC. The synchro dubbing with automatic finilization is a very nice feature too. The A-D section of the unit is very capable, copies made that way are nearly indistinguishable from the origional. With blank audio CD-R discs down to about $ .75, I am happy I went with this unit rather than a prosumer deck that would take all discs.

Similar Products Used: Phillips
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Ronald   Audiophile [Nov 23, 2000]
Strength:

This c/d recorder just BEGS to be turned on!!It evokes QUALITY!!!!!The build quality, as with all top elite is 2cd to none.Easy to make direct c/d recordings.I have been recording from satellite using the analog outs and it sounds AWSOME.I thought about Pioneer's entry level single disc recorder, but I only paid about 80.00 more for this,the deal came along real quick so I jumped on it.

Weakness:

There are NONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You cannot find a better unit than this esppecially if you can get it for just under 400.00 as I did!!!Mine is mounted on an isolation platform with an extra set of Audioquest Bigfeet with this set up, using JPS Superconducter innerconnects the analog sound is fantastic.Better I say, BETTER than dogital.The direct cd to cd using a optical or coax [I have tried both] sounds as good.You can't tell which is which!!I have also taken some tracks from laser disc onto c/d [they too sound killer]The underside of this c/d recorder ai SOLID COOPER.AS I stated earlier build quality is 2cd to none.Run don't walk and buy one and HOPEFULLY you can get as lucky as I and STEAL ONE for a song!!!!!!Happy listening.and remember,it's the MUSIC THAT MATTERS!!!!!!!

Similar Products Used: None,this is the BEST C/D RECORDER OUT THERE!!!!!!!!!
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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