Along with its built-in robotics and full-color direct-to-disc inkjet printing, the new Bravo XR-Blu incorporates Pioneer Electronics’ new BDR-101A Blu-ray disc/DVD recorder. The initial release of the Bravo XR-Blu uses single-layer discs to store up to 25 gigabytes of data. An upgrade will be available shortly after launch that will allow dual-layer media, which stores up to 50 gigabytes of data per disc.
The publisher connects via USB 2 to any PC running Windows XP/2000. The Bravo XR-Blu recording and mastering software was written using AuthorScript Data Backup with BD Support from Sonic Solutions. A unique feature of the Bravo XR-Blu is the built-in blue LED array that illuminates the interior, making it easy to view operation. All supplies replenishment is accomplished from the front panel, allowing the unit to be placed almost anywhere on a desk, a shelf or on a countertop. Two units can be stacked vertically to double capacity and throughput. An optional rackmount kit is available for a standard 4U, 19-inch-wide rack.
The Bravo XR-Blu sells for $5,995 (MSRP). It is expected to begin shipping in April 2006. For more information, visit www.primera.com. For more new product announcements, visit mixonline.com/products/new/.