Sony May Offer a Standalone 200 Disc CD/DVD Changer for Media Center


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Previously I’ve blogged about the new Sony XL 1 Media Center PC. Perhaps the most exciting thing about this new PC is that it includes a 200 disc CD/DVD changer where you can load your discs and play them through your Media Center PC. While many will be interested in the unit as a place to hold all of their DVDs for easy retrieval on their Media Center PC, what holds the most interest for me is that allegedly this unit will allow you to load up 200 CDs, go to bed, and wake up with all 200 ripped in the morning in a nice convenient folder on your hard drive.

As I still get virtually all my music still on CD (hate that pesky DRM) this feature was very exciting to me. The problem with the product in my opinion though was that it only came with the XL1 Sony PC as part of a package deal. Personally I’m not interested in buying a Sony PC and was planning on customizing something of my own with more firepower from Dell once Vista was shipped and Dell had a CableLabs approved PC (most likely later this year).

According to Jason Alinen (user name, soundintegration on Remotetly Cool), he spoke with someone from Sony at CES who said that they would be offering their DVD changer on a standalone basis when the XL2 lauches:

From his post: “I spoke with some of the Sony people at CES this year and they mentioned that their CD/DVD changer will be available for purchase seperately for any MCE PC when the XL2 is launched. They said the cost would be around $600 or so. It uses firewire so as long as the dell mce has firewire you should be good to go.”

This is definitely good news and at $600 I’d buy one for sure if it really worked and could in fact mass rip my CDs for me. It’s such a pain having to rip them one by one right now and being able to do big batch jobs would be tremendously helpful. (Of course watch out for resistence from the RIAA on this product as I doubt they want you to be able to easily rip 200 CDs at once).

Niveus has also announced their own 200 disc DVD changer, but apparently it won’t rip CDs like Sony’s will and is quite a bit more expensive at $2500.





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  • brianworkman

    I agree with you, this would be a no brainer “must buy” product.

  • mcstayinskool

    you must be joking. While a batch-mode CD carousel ripper is something I’ve thought about for close to a decade, can you really be serious that you’d place any trust in Sony to make those rips free of DRM hassle? After the crap they’ve pulled lately?

    Sony makes great displays, and I will continue to look favorably on their TVs and Monitors. Aside from that, Sony is dead to me.

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    I’d rather save my money and manually rip DVD movies to my hard drive or network attached storage server, if I was ever inclined. Moreover, allowing the transfer of DVD movies from a DVD Changer to a hard drive defeats the purpose of the device, IMHO.

  • Genius74

    I dont have a problem with you being able to rip from it to a HD, that’s a cool feature (if i can rip all 200 movies in a row not just CDs), I do have the HD space for 200 (no extras), (I own 1200+) so storing 200 more isn’t bad.. I can’t get with the price.

    Essentially, it’s a 200-DVD changer that will be half the capacity of the biggest one sony has for twice the price! :eek: No thanks.

    On that note, just put out an adapter for the consumer DVD jukebox. I do like the fact that it can burn CDs, but can’t burn DVDs. :mad: If that was the case, I guess Sony Computers would be “stealing” revenue from Sony Motion Pictures…

  • William Beekhuis

    Alexander Grundner said: I’d rather save my money and manually rip DVD movies to my hard drive or network attached storage server, if I was ever inclined. Moreover, allowing the transfer of DVD movies from a DVD Changer to a hard drive defeats the purpose of the device, IMHO.

    ripping movies to harddisk is
    1. more expensive (in hardware as well as energy costs)
    2. more time consuming
    3. illegal ;)

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    It’s also worth noting that Niveus Media has a released a custom MCE add-on called Niveus Virtualization that “allows single, or multiple, Niveus Disc Changers to serve up an entire collection of DVD Movies to any zone on the home network powered by a Niveus Media Center.” Unfortunately, it’s a proprietary add-on that comes bundled with the purchase of the Niveus Disc Changer.

  • brianworkman

    William Beekhuis said: ripping movies to harddisk is
    1. more expensive (in hardware as well as energy costs)
    2. more time consuming
    3. illegal ;)

    Yeah, I agree on all three. $600 for a terabyte of storage is a pretty good deal. Plus it is just cool as hell.

  • brianworkman

    I am surprised HP has not released a version of this product. Has anyone heard any rumors of possible HP MCE accessories?