Originally Posted by thrang
I just received my Escient VS-100 and am ripping SD DVDs for now until the changer support arrives...
Yes, the VS-100 will seamlessly integrate the movies from all Vision units on the same network with the titles on the changer(s). There is one caveat however, the titles on the changers are only available to the Vision unit they are physically connected to, they cannot be streamed to other Vison units as the hard drive based titles can.
This is as much a function of the audio/video switching capabilities of the Escient, as it is to present a unified interface based on the content fed to the Escient unit from the changers that are attached. At the end of the day, this amounts to a potential interface for up to 1600 discs. The audio/video switching from changer to changer permits us to use only one HDMI input on your AV processor or receiver.
While the user interface on the BDP-CX7000ES is more than adequate, it is simply inferior to the Escient. All of this presents a risk/benefit decision for everyone that is interested in a changer, since the added cost is significant--first, to get the more expensive ES changer (which I will bet is the identical A/V performer to the upcoming CX960), and then to add the cost of the Escient to boot.
While I've made the choice to go the spend-more-money route, I will freely concede that the ultimate objective--audio and video performance--is not enhanced by it. Rather, the issue becomes one of ergonomics or user-friendliness. At a certain point, every one of us is only willing to bite so many bullets.