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post #61 of 455
Mark,

Just a thought but if your dealer is a little lax on getting back to you with info on when your DVDM will ship, give the Escient sales folks a call and have them check on the order your dealer placed with them. If they ask why you're doing it instead of the delaer, just say you know the guy is slammed right now trying to get last minute jobs done before XMAS. Hope you get yours soon.

Jeff
post #62 of 455
spoke with Kristin at Escient: good thing I called

she said they just started shipping and had 350 on backorder: they can only ship 50 per day

she looked up my dealer and confirmed the order: said she would ship it today or tomorrow for next day delivery: so maybe I will see it this week

Escient customer service has always been excellent
post #63 of 455
Sounds like you are going to be a happy guy for Christmas (hopefully). Do you already have a 777ES changer or do you plan on getting one with the DVDM?
post #64 of 455
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Originally posted by chadly25
Sounds like you are going to be a happy guy for Christmas (hopefully). Do you already have a 777ES changer or do you plan on getting one with the DVDM?

the 777ES is sitting by the door at the dealers waiting for the DVDM which will hopefully arrive tomorrow
post #65 of 455
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Originally posted by chadly25
Jgabrius,

Any luck getting those codes to work?

Haven't tried the remote codes yet....Busy trying to put a larger drive in my Fireball H

Check your PMs.
post #66 of 455
I got your PM. I will find out and get back with you on that. Just to let you all know, I found out today that there won't be a search by actor or director incorporated into the DVDM. If you are wanting to sort all of your "Arnold Schwarzenegger" movies together you can create an Arnold Group and add all of the movies in there manually. Requires a little bit of leg work unfortunately.
post #67 of 455
Escient DVDM-100/Sony CX777ES in house!!

the gear just arrived: perfect timing as I start my holiday vacation- will have time to set it up and post some results

Happy Holidays!

post #68 of 455
Have fun Mark. Sure wish my Sony DA9000ES would come in before the holidays Oh well, maybe they will ship sometime soon.
post #69 of 455
Quote:


Originally posted by markrubin
Escient DVDM-100/Sony CX777ES in house!!

the gear just arrived: perfect timing as I start my holiday vacation- will have time to set it up and post some results

Happy Holidays!


Great news Mark. Hope all goes well with the setup. Keep us informed.

Jeff
post #70 of 455
Does the 777ES plug into a serial port on the Escient 100M? Thanks.
post #71 of 455
Yes, there are actually 4 ports. They are for changers and external control. Just an FYI for everyone, Escient just did a complete update on their website and there are pleanty of support documents for DVDM.
post #72 of 455
Mark,

You should be hooking up the 777ES with the serial ports and not the slink. The slink is only there to incorporate cd changers in the future and not for DVD control.
post #73 of 455
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Originally posted by chadly25
Mark,

You should be hooking up the 777ES with the serial ports and not the slink. The slink is only there to incorporate cd changers in the future and not for DVD control.

what a timely post!
post #74 of 455
Sounds like you figured that out on your own. Also just an FYI, that is a crossover RS232. If you incorporated a 2nd changer get a crossover cable or a null modem.
post #75 of 455
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Originally posted by rgbyhkr
Mark,

After checking out the description of the new ETP-1500 and seeing a picture of it in the DVDM-100 manual, it looks like it is an Escient rebadge of this monitor:

http://www.touchscreens.com/lcdsa151v-5rs-dvd-b.html

That site is selling that product for $1119.00. If you look hard enough, you may be able to find it elsewhere for less.

I took a look at the ETP-1500's newly posted sell sheet and, yes, it does look like the same panel as the one I posted the link to.
post #76 of 455
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Originally posted by chadly25
Sounds like you figured that out on your own. Also just an FYI, that is a crossover RS232. If you incorporated a 2nd changer get a crossover cable or a null modem.

yes- I missed this point and was just about to open the instruction book and read your post- thank you

the changer is recognized : so far- so good

everything else was easy
post #77 of 455
the DVDM-100

- found the DVD changer
-connected to DHCP router
-found the Fireball E120 (via Ethernet network connection)

on the first try after it was connected properly!


interesting I can use the DVDM to call up MP-3's which are on the E-120 independently: so the E-120 acts as a server : I can still select and play other files from the E-120 at the same time: all independent of one another

the instructions say the DVDM-100 can Autobuild 3 FULL Sony DVD changers in about 2 hours

I only had 2 DVD's in the changer: it identified both including cover art

navigating through Escient on screen menus is faster when the Sony changer is set for 480i output: when set at 480p, there is a delay going in and out of Escient menus via component video (due to the display switching from interlaced to progressive and back)

lots of connections on the rear panel (68) :

provisions for 3 changers each with:

-inputs for 5.1 analog, stereo, coax and optical
digital audio

-inputs for composite, S, and component video

-RS232 ports, S Link ports

and one set of outputs of all the above

oh- and no fan in the DVDM; nice and quiet/runs cool (this unit has no hard drive or disc drawer)
post #78 of 455
Mark,

One thing I guess I am not sure about is setting the DVD player to 480i and 480p. You said that navigating throught the escient menus are slower during 480p...do you mean going from escient gui to dvd is slower? I didn't think that 480p would effect escient gui since they are only providing a pass through for video. I didn't notice this with my unit so I was wondering where you are seeing this so that I can check mine.
post #79 of 455
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Originally posted by chadly25
Mark,

One thing I guess I am not sure about is setting the DVD player to 480i and 480p. You said that navigating throught the escient menus are slower during 480p...do you mean going from escient gui to dvd is slower? I didn't think that 480p would effect escient gui since they are only providing a pass through for video. I didn't notice this with my unit so I was wondering where you are seeing this so that I can check mine.

what I think I am seeing is the delay of my display switching from the Escient GUI which is interlaced to the Sony DVD if it is set for progressive: if the Sony is set for interlaced then the display does not have to switch modes and the GUI/DVD change appears quicker
post #80 of 455
I got you. So it is a delay in your TV switching from interlaced to progressive. I see a small delay in switching too. It probably depends on the tv, but this delay is probably longer or shorted depending on what tv you are using and how it does its video processing. I thought that may be what you were refering to.
post #81 of 455
I was confused about what you guys were saying but I think I have it now. You're saying that the Escient's GUI output via the component cables is interlaced only. After choosing a movie, the output display changes from the Escient's GUI interupt to a true progressive pass through of the progressive output from the Sony changer. Seemingly, this wouldn't be so bad when choosing a new disc to play as there would be a normal delay associated with loading the disc. However, I can see it being more noticeable when watching a movie and in the middle of it bringing up the Escient GUI which would make the TV's switching more noticeable.
post #82 of 455
It really isn't an issue with my tv, it only takes about a second (at most) to switch to progressive. I have a Sony 36XBR800
post #83 of 455
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Originally posted by chadly25
I got you. So it is a delay in your TV switching from interlaced to progressive.

right-

I am using a Sharp LC-30 and it is slow in switching: not the fault of the Escient -
post #84 of 455
I'd imagine that this could be an issue with some older tv's that don't support both 480i and 480p on the same input. It's a good thing that Sony makes a hard switch on the back so that you can change output without having to see an onscreen display.

Mark,

The one thing that has been a little weird with mine, and it could be that I have one of the first production releases, is that sometimes when I watch a movie subtitles come on. I have the subtitles turned off in the Sony's setup menu, but they still seem to appear in about 5% of the movies I watch. Have you experienced anything like this? Escient said that I was the only one that reported this so far.
post #85 of 455
I will look for subtitle issue- no problem so far

am I correct that only the null modem cable needs to be connected to the Sony changer or do I also need the S-Link cable?

I have a touch screen coming in next week
post #86 of 455
You only need the 232 cable. I don't even have a touch screen Let me know how you like using it. I was going to get one for my HPNA Fireball but haven't yet.
post #87 of 455
I have been using a touchpanel for my HPNA unit since the beginning. It's pretty cool. I like to use the panel to choose music while watching something on the TV. For instance, at my son's birthday party last weekend, I had the TV showing a football game and then later a photo slideshow while I could still control the FB via the panel.
post #88 of 455
the touchscreen is a big plus for me: I find it is most efficient to use it in conjuction with the IR keyboard for the E-120

I am looking at the DVDM-100/E-120 combo as opposed to my old PowerPlay system: a big step forward!
post #89 of 455
Mark,

Isn't that more like 4 steps Since I don't have a touch screen, let me know how you like using it with the DVDM. I'd imagine that like the Fireball you can navigate throught the guide while watching a movie, but I would be interested in finding out for sure.
post #90 of 455
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Originally posted by chadly25
I do know that the DVDM-100 uses a form of the old stop-stop-play command to begin the movie and bypass the main menu when you select a movie.

Would this bypass FBI warnings, etc as well? I ask this because Mario from Cinemar (the makers of DVDLobby) posetd the following in the 777ES review thread:

"We are working on a driver to control the 777ES via serial port. Which means you'll be able to select a movie and automatically start it up. Users have the option to use a touch screen (airpanel), pocket pc or even the TV as a way for selecting movies. Sorting genres, etc. DVDLobby will also display overview, ratings, and other useful information when search 400 movies.

Initial beta testing of the driver has shown that we'll even be able to skip movie trailers, fbi warnings and menu options for most movies. Which I think is a really neat feature"

I'm referring of course to his point at the very end. Is this what the DVDM does now?

Jeff
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