Sony Blu-ray mega-changer

Sony Blu-ray megachanger

Sony logoI didn’t manage to get any pictures of the new Sony Blu-ray Disc mega-changer at CEDIA Expo, but Engadget has a series of photographs.

The changer holds and catalogs up to 400 movies, which makes this a much more economical way to store Blu-ray movies than using a hard drive based server. Escient and Control4 are already working with Sony to control this changer with their systems. Both of these companies have used the previous Sony 400-disc DVD changer (now discontinued). Escient’s Vision system will manage up to four of these changers in one on-screen interface, along side iPod music, internet radio, Rhapsody and music loaded on your PC.

Aside from holding a butt-load of movies, it features RS-232 control, BD-Live capabilities, and can even be used to prop a door open in a jam. It looks like it will also be in the ES line, giving it a high-quality build and a 5-year warranty. It should be available in spring 2009.

To store 400 dual-layer Blu-ray movies on hard drives, you would need approximately 16,000GB of storage. It might actually make more sense to use a changer than a server. However, you won’t have the elegance or ease of distribution as you would have with a Kaleidescape-type system.

About Steven Kippel

Steven Kippel has worked as a systems designer for a leading high-end audio/video custom integrator in Southern California since 2003. He is responsible for researching new technologies and integrating them into existing systems and new construction projects. He has designed several high-profile systems for discriminating clients on the cutting-edge of technology. When he is not hard at work, Steven is spending time with his wife, playing with his band or promoting concerts and bands in the Inland Empire. His favorite bands include The Cure, U2, Eisley, Living Sacrifice and DragonForce.

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