Originally Posted by dpak2005
So I've endeavored to read through like 10 of the 25 pages or so of this thread, and forgive me, but these changers seem like complete cr*p and not worth the effort. They eat discs, they don't recognize discs, the UI is wonky and can't be searched properly.
Someone tell me why I shouldn't use just convert my Blu Rays to a lossless MKV, throw them on a hard drive, and then run a XBMC with AEON interface to multiple TVs? Let me tell you, Aeon is a hell of a lot prettier user interface than these changers, and because there's no conversion required I can rip a blu ray to mkv in like 6 minutes. And I can watch on multiple TVs.
I already have.
1. Ripping 3-400 movies is time-consuming for most, but apparently you can do it in 6 minutes, although with an almost certain loss of PQ. There's just no way you're ripping full 20-30 GIG films in 6 minutes.
All of the movies I've taken down from 20-30 to 4-6 gigs have a noticeable PQ degradation on my 60" Kuro and many of us are interested in the best possible picture we can achieve.
2. HDD's are not exactly cheap (EXP: 12 (1) TB drives at $100 each). Not to mention a CPU and streaming device. Further, most are not terribly crazy about adding 12 boxes to their HT array OR backing them up in a RAID or similar array.
3. BD functionality (FF, RW, menus, etc) are significantly hampered in every MP I've seen thus far.
4. NO BD live for those interested.
5. Plug and play appeal of changer is significant for most.
I've said all along that HDD-based media players are absolutely the future, but until they become easier to to configure, operate, as well as drop in cost, a $650 changer will be the answer for the VAST majority of those looking to assemble/organize a large HD movie library- poor interface be damned.
But if you possess the IT know-how, HDD's, don't care about top-tier PQ or BD live, and don't mind taking the time to rip and store your movies, carry on.