Originally Posted by pinedsa
My goal is to only control the player and tittles with a MX-3000. I will be using the MDX software for the DVD's, anything similar to MDX for CD's to interface with the MX-3000? I will keep searching.
Well I also have a MX-3000, and I even tried out the DMX-3000 software for cataloging the DVD's on the MX-3000. And to tell you the truth, I was really not all that impressed with it. Actually I'm just not that impressed with my MX-3000 either as a whole. I also have a Harmony 880, and I honestly think that the Harmony is a better remote than the MX-3000 is. For one thing their code database is much more up to date than the one for the MX-3000 is, it's easier to set up, and it costs almost $800 less. Really about the only thing the MX-3000 is better at, is that it mainly only looks better/more impressive in the "eye candy" department.
Now, that being said. I also have 2 Sony DVP-CX777ES that are being controlled via a small "cube" PC, running the DVDLobby/Mainlobby software, and I also have 1 Sony DVP-CX875P (mainly just for all my old "flipper" DVD's, as that model was the last one that Sony made that could still "flip" DVD's) and also 1 CDP-CX455 that are being controlled by that same PC, with the SAVR interface, and with the option of using either the CDlobby program or the Music Library program (as I have both), and it just totaly blows away more than what I could even think to do with the MX-3000 and the MDX-3000 program. Not to mention I can also use my Pocket PC via wireless to also control it all.
Now before you start saying anything about the cost of setting up a small PC for doing this, don't forget that the MSRP of a MX-3000 is $1000, and the MDX-3000 software is $100. So that's $1100 just for the remote and the software, and also not counting the cost of a 955. Granted you can buy a MX-3000 for less than MSRP, but you still are looking at somewhere between $650-$900 for one, and depending upon if you buy one from a authorized source or not.
I can build small adequate "cube" PC for about $200-$250+ on the low end, that will work just fine for this kind of use, and you can buy DVP-CX777ES for around $550-$600 from authorized sources, and I think I paid about $150 for my CDP-CX455. And then you add the software, which is between $70 to around $200+, depending upon which software route you take. Plus according to Cinemar, I have the capability of running somewhere up to 16 777ES if I need to.
So basically I can build the PC, buy 1 Sony 777ES, and even buy the basic required DVD changer controller/catalog software. And all for about the price of what just a MX-3000 remote and the MDX-3000 software for it would cost.
But the real big difference is, that I also have room for tons of expansion. Such as for multiple additional DVD changers and CD changers. And even various options of which software I can choose to use, where the MX-3000 setup does not.
So in a sense, if you have the desires or needs. It's almost more like a cost efficient solution, compaired to buying something like a big bux Escient setup.