Originally Posted by BearUK
I took a quick look at Cinemar. The website said...
The MLS-7000es Changer Controller is Cinemar's solution to managing, controlling and viewing movies on one or more Sony BDP-CX7000ES Changers (not provided).
MLS-7000es Changer Controller
Price: US $2799.99
And I thought 'you HAVE to be kidding!'
To put things in perspective, I paid $600-650 for my CX7000ES.
I didn't see any pricing on the Control4 website, and I'm looking at MyMovies now. I don't have, or want, an iPad, and I'm wondering what these things bring in terms of improvements. Is it worth spending hundreds (thousands?) of dollars to be able to change the cover art? not for me. Does it speed up the loading of discs?
Re keyboards, I simply thought there might be an infrared programmable keyboard out there somewhere. Not a wireless keyboard, but a programmable IR remote that just happens to have a qwerty style layout that would simplify the typing process.
DVD vs Blu ray. I have a 1080p Panasonic 55" plasma, and at 12 feet I often don't notice the difference until I move closer to the screen. Why would I want to buy a Denon receiver? I avoid receivers like the plague! The CX7000ES HDMI goes direct to the TV, the analog outputs to the 7.1 input on the processor. The speakers are electrostatics/hybrids (Quads 989 for stereo and Martin Logans for surround).
As this is a thread about the BDP-CX7000ES, speculation on TVs and movies beyond High Definition (hold on isn't that how blu ray markets itself?) seems irrelevant. I don't believe any of my friends have blu ray players and most don't have 1080p TVs; there seems to be an assumption that a flat screen is HD. I can't see the point of even higher definition formats when blu ray has yet to surpass DVD sales, unless blu ray ends up being swept under the carpet and ignored.
Control4 for the HC-300 is $700US and that comes with remote. the dealer does the setup for you, so there is a small cost there for the programming. The advantage with control4 is that it is home automation system, so I have the Control4 Thermostat, Lighting, 4 zones for other audio (speakers in other rooms), basically you can design the way you want it. My Movies just does movies, and I think that cost is $100 US. There is an Ipad app for My movies. Why do a third party solution? Well, I have around 900 Blurays, 2000 CDs, and 1500 DVD's. So I do it all now from one remote, and that is from my Ipad. Although, before the changers, I had bookcases full of movies and cd's, blurays. I had around 6 remotes, and was rather a pain. (Loading of discs? I am not sure, it is rather quick for me. Now trailers is another issue.)
I have a Sony 70" XBR2 LCOS TV, and I can tell the difference in the picture from DVD to Bluray. Bluray is more detailed, but my receiver is one of the best made Denon AVR-5308, and I have it set the resolution set for 1080P. If you had it set for auto, then you would be able to tell the difference. Auto would be based on a source that is DVD, so it only be shown at that 480 (NTSC). Denon AVR-5308 has an a Silicon Optix, Realta video processing chip in it. (So, all HDMI's on that receiver are upconverted to 1080P, regardless of the source) My speakers are Phase technology (fronts and center), side and rear surrounds are definitive technology, and subwoofer is Definitive Technology Super Cube reference http://hometheaterreview.com/definitive-technology-super-cube-reference-subwoofer-reviewed/
Well, with Bluray audio DTS-Master audio or Dolby TrueHD 7.1, then just say that I rock my house with movies. The Super Cube brings movies alive, as compared to my old subwoofer. Hopefully, you have an amp to drive those speakers.
NHK to Broadcast 2012 London Olympics in Super Hi-Vision 8K Ultra High Definition TV (UHDTV) http://www.electrictv.com/?p=11696
Actually, 4k is out in UK. Toshiba has the first one. http://www.home-entertainment.toshiba.co.uk/Televisions/3D-TV/55ZL2/
Well, 1080P will be like 720P soon, a forgotten memory. Bluray will be like DVD, so it will be still around. This one 4K projector from a company called RED, allows you to watch 1080P. So, you can still see everything. Just that eventually, you will upgrade like everyone else. I think Sky is testing 4k satellite.