15x Internal BD/DVD/CD Burner. Supports BDXL™ media. Cyberlink® software included. SATA interface.

  • Up to 15x writing speed on BD-R media
  • Reads and writes to BDXL media (up to 128GB on one disc)
  • Auto Quiet Mode, PowerRead™, and PureRead 2 features
  • Backwards compatible with DVD and CD media



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The BDR-2208 has all the great features of the BDR-2207 but has increased write and read speeds, and loads movie discs faster.  

The BDR-2208 is an internal SATA Blu-ray, DVD, and CD burner that supports the BDXL format, which has available triple layer (TL) and quad layer (QL) Blu-ray media1.  

Need software to tackle all your playback, editing, authoring and burning needs?  The BDR-2208 is bundled with CyberLink Media Suite 8, which includes PowerDVD™ 10 BD3D, PowerDirector® 9, and Power2Go® 7 and now supports Windows 8.

  • PowerDVD 10 BD3D delivers award-winning playback software and supports playback of Blu-ray Disc 3D titles.  PowerDVD will even convert your 2D video files and DVDs into a 3D experience2, and will upscale standard-definition content to look better on HD displays.  
  • PowerDirector 9 allows you to import your home movies, edit them, and then author them to Blu-ray Disc or DVD, or upload them to social media sites.  
  • Power2Go 7 gives you the ability to burn your valuable files to Blu-ray (including triple and quad layer BDXL discs), DVD or CD media.  With BDXL support, you can now back up your files with fewer discs than ever before.

Running out of hard drive space?  Don't trust a hard drive with your irreplaceable files?  With triple layer and quad layer BDXL media, you can store up to 128GB on a single disc.  That's the equivalent of 27 single layer DVD discs or 15 dual layer DVD discs.  And with up to 15x3 write speeds on BD-R media, you can do it fast.

The BDR-2208 also has features such as PowerRead™, Auto Quiet mode, PureRead2, and QuickPlay.  PowerRead4 can provide smoother movie playback when a disc has fingerprints or minor surface scratches.  Auto Quiet mode intelligently adjusts the disc rotation speed to reduce noise (useful while watching movies or listening to music), PureRead automatically adjusts drive parameters to minimize sound glitches during music playback, and QuickPlay reduces the time between inserting a disc and that disc being ready.  For movies on DVD and Blu-ray, the disc is ready faster than with the BDR-2207.  

Being a Pioneer drive, the BDR-2208 drive supports a wide range of blank media.  Click on the "Specifications" tab to see all the media formats supported and the maximum read and write speeds for each format.  The Media Support List in the "Manuals & Brochures" tab shows the maximum read and write speeds for each Media ID (MID). doesn't exist until it exists twice! So secure your data by backing it up on a disc.


Drive Features

Store more data
…Up to 156% more data storage capacity than a 50GB Dual Layer Blu-ray Disc. The BDXL™ format supports BDXL Blu-ray media (including 128GB Quad Layer (QL) and 100GB Triple Layer (TL) Blu-ray Disc™).


Watch 3D movies
The BDR-2208 is 3D compatible and comes bundled with 3D playback software.  All you need for your 3D experience is a 3D display system2.
Faster burning
Up to 15x3 writing on BD-R single-layer discs, 14x on BD-R DL discs, and 8x writing on BD-R triple-layer discs.
Get to your files faster
With QuickPlay, the amount of time between inserting a ROM disc, and that disc being ready, has been reduced.  For movies on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, the disc is ready faster when compared to the BDR-2207.  
Smooth movie playback
Scratches, fingerprints and other abnormalities on the surface of a disc can sometimes cause Blu-ray and DVD movie playback to stop.  When a PowerRead enabled drive is not able to read through obstructed areas of a disc, it will attempt to move forward quickly to the next available data point, resulting in smoother Blu-ray and DVD movie playback4.
A smarter drive
Pioneer drives with Auto Quiet mode, monitor how they are being used and adjust their speed automatically – high speed for data transfer, and low speed for music or movie playback.
A better music experience
Scratches and fingerprints on your CDs can cause them to skip. A drive normally makes a calculated guess at the unreadable data and attempts to correct this to match the original music. However this is not 100% accurate. PureRead, when enabled, makes the drive reread the obscured data to extract the original music as accurately as possible5.
Wide blank media support
Pioneer strives to have best-in-class performance over a wide range of media – our drives achieve this for a large variety of BD and DVD media. Refer to the drive’s media support list for all supported media and the write speed that can be achieved.


CyberLink Software Included

PowerDVD 10 BD3D - Delivers award-winning playback quality for Blu-ray and DVD movies on a PC and supports Blu-ray Disc 3D playback.  Includes TrueTheater™ Technology, which converts 2D video files and DVDs into a 3D experience and upscales standard-definition content to look better on HD displays.

 PowerDirector® 9 - Edit and author your home videos to Blu-ray Disc or DVD, or upload them to social media sites.

Power2Go® 7 - Store or share valuable personal files on a secure and portable disc. 


Software Minimum System Requirements:

Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 8, 7, Vista® and XP SP3
Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6750 (2.66MHz), AMD® Phenom 9450 (2.1GHz) or faster
Video Card: Intel G45, NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600GT, AMD Radeon® HD2600 or faster

HDCP6 compliant display required for Blu-ray playback

1024 x 768 minimum display resolution


2GB RAM required for Blu-ray playback

3GB RAM or greater recommended for editing HD video

Hard Disk Space:

5GB available space minimum

128GB or more available space required for creating quad-layer Blu-ray Discs

3D Playback: 3D display system required2


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Write Support
  • CD-R, CD-RW
Read Support
Write Speed
  • BD-R SL = 15x, BD-R DL = 14x, BD-R TL = 8x, BD-R QL = 6x, BD-R LTH = 8x
  • BD-RE SL/DL/TL = 2x
  • 16x
  • 6x
  • 16x
  • 8x
  • 8x
  • 8x
  • 40x
  • 24x
Read Speed
  • BD-R SL = 12x, BD-R DL = 8x, BD-R TL/QL = 6x, BD-R LTH = 8x
  • BD-RE SL = 10x, BD-RE DL = 6x, BD-RE TL = 4x
  • BD-ROM SL = 12x, BD-ROM DL = 8x
  • 16x
  • 12x
  • DVD-R = 16x, DVD-RW = 12x
  • DVD+R = 16x, DVD+RW = 12x
  • 40x
  • 40x
  • 24x
Other Specifications
  • 4MB
  • Horizontal or Vertical
  • Serial ATA (SATA)
  • Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP SP3
  • 5.82 (W) x 1.67 (H) x 7.09 (D)
  • 148 (W) x 42.3 (H) x 180 (D)
  • 740g or 1.63lbs
Date Description
Aug 22, 2013
BDR2208 Drive Utility
Version 1.0
Auto Quiet Mode, PureRead2, and Peak Power Reducer.

    Frequently Asked Questions for the BDR-2208


    1. - When installing the CyberLink software, why do I get the message "This software can only be installed with a Pioneer device.  The setup will abort."?

    Answer: The BDR-2208 must be connected to the computer through a SATA cable when installing the CyberLink software. Please ensure the BDR-2208 is connected and recognized by the operating system and then restart the software installation.  


    2. - Can I see the files I burned to a BDXL disc on any Blu-ray drive?

    Answer: BDXL discs can only be read on BDXL drives.  


    3. - Can I use the BDR-2208 with other burning/playback/editing software?

    Answer: The BDR-2208 will work with newer software in a Windows 7, Vista, or XP SP3 environment.  However, as with all current Blu-ray drives, it will not work with playback software that does not support Bus Encryption. Bus Encryption was implemented into playback software in 2011.


    4. - What is the Peak Power Reducer feature?

    Answer: A small percentage of computers don't provide enough power to the drive during operation.  In the case of a write operation, an error will occur, and the disc will be useless.  To prevent this, the Peak Power Reducer feature, when enabled, monitors the power and can reduce the drive's peak power to ensure a stable operation.  


    5. - How can I change the PureRead, Auto Quiet Mode and Peak Power Reducer settings?

    Answer: PureRead, Auto Quiet Mode, and Peak Power Reducer can be configured as well as enabled and disabled with the Pioneer BDR-2208 Drive Utility. This utility is provided on the CyberLink software disc. The utility is not automatically installed with the CyberLink software. To start the utility, go to “X:\Pioneer Drive Utilities\BDR-2208” where “X” is the drive where the Cyberlink software disc is loaded.  Ensure that the BDR-2208 is connected to the computer and then double click on “Pioneer BDR-2208 Drive Utility.exe”.


    6. - I started the Pioneer BDR-2208 Drive Utility. Why are all the options grayed-out and it says “Target is not found”?

    Answer: Ensure that the drive is connected and recognized by the computer before starting the utility. Ensure that the correct utility (BDR-2208) is used and not the BDR-XD04 or BDR-2207 utility. Connect the drive to the PC with a SATA and power cable and restart the BDR-2208 utility.


    7. - Why can’t I play Blu-ray titles or high definition copy protected content, but I can play DVDs?

    Answer: From January 1, 2012, all playback software is required to disable analog outputs from the PC for high-definition copy protected content. For such content, an HDCP display (monitor/TV) is required and it must be connected to the PC using a digital DVI (DVI-D), HDMI, or DisplayPort cable. The best way to know if a display supports HDCP is if it has HDMI inputs. The next best way is to look at the display's user manual. When playing non-copy-protected high definition video (such as home videos), or copy protected DVDs, the computer’s analog outputs are enabled and non-HDCP display systems will work. Note: This limitation is not applicable to notebook computers with built-in displays, only when using external monitors.


    8. - Why won't the CyberLink software work properly in Windows 8?

    Answer: If the CyberLink software disc shipped with the drive shows SR: MES110922-03 on the disc label, then a free update from CyberLink is needed for the software to work properly in Windows 8.  If the disc label has SR: MES120813-02, then the software already supports Windows 8 and nothing else needs to be done.  To download the free update, run the "CyberLink Media Suite" software by either double clicking the icon on your desktop, or single clicking the Media Suite tile. Once Media Suite is running, there will appear a row of icons at the bottom of the window.  Above the "Utilities" icon which is second from the right, there is an icon that looks like an up arrow.  Click on this arrow.  The free update for PowerDVD, Power2Go, and PowerDirector will be displayed as a green plus sign.  Click on a plus sign to download the free update.  Once you click, a website will be opened.  Click on the "Download Free Update" link near the top of the page.  When prompted, click on the "Run" button twice to install the update.  Once the update is downloaded, click the "Next" button, then "Yes" to accept the agreement, and then click on "Finish".  Close the website page, open Media Suite again, click on the up arrow and repeat to update all the software.  Note that the update for PowerDirector is large (about 770MB) and will take a while to download and install.

    Note that "Free Update" is different from "Upgrade Software".  Upgrade software is to upgrade to the lastest CyberLink software at an additional fee.  This is not needed for the software to work in Windows 8.


    Have additional questions? 

    Contact Pioneer Technical Support at: 800-872-4159