Originally Posted by thrang
A few people here have mentioned using Escient as a better front end (I know that they have not yet released the upgrade to support the 7000es)
- Would I need a VS-100 or just the VC-1? Is the promised support meant to be on the current Vision units, or a new, as yet unreleased model?
Also, am I correct in assuming you connect the HDMI Out from the 7000es to the HDMI In on the Escient, and then HDMI out to your AVR/Pre-Pro? Is the USB to RS-232 adapter Escient specific for the VC-1 (assuming that will drive the 7000...)
I discussed this at some length with customer support at Escient. The short answer is to wait and see.
While I can accept that nothing from the Fireball series will work, because of lack of HDMI support, even Escient is not yet clear on what is going to happen. For instance, the CSR at Escient told me that they would support only the ES changer, and indicated, first, that the RS-232 port on the ES changer is why they will only support that changer. I then asked why they are also saying that the Escient will control the changer from the HDMI connection, and there was backtracking.
He told me that, in an ideal world, they would control the unit or units via HDMI, but this was still in the wish-list phase, without being entirely sure they could do it. I then asked that, if HDMI was the means of controlling the changer, why would it only control the ES series, as both will have HDMI? His retort was that they just don't know what they'll use to control the BD changers.
If it is still up in the air that they don't know whether the Escient will control via HDMI or RS-232, then the question gets posed of whether they'll change their mind at some point, if HDMI is the solution, and also control the non-ES versions? If HDMI becomes the medium, I don't know why it wouldn't apply equally to the non-ES model, which, although lacking RS-232, certainly has HDMI.
While I'm certain that Escient is working on it right now, the question gets raised of whether Escient is as necessary as it once was, given the fairly nice GUI with the player. For me, if they price it more reasonably, and it controls multiple changers, I'll probably buy it. I'm betting that $2500 TO $3000 is the high point at which they'll sell many units. No one will want the unit that controls a single player, and lots of people will balk at paying $4000 (MSRP) for one that controls multiple changers.
The best thing to do is wait and see. I wouldn't even buy into the notion that only the ES units will be the only ones controlled. Things can change.