Due to the frustration with HTPC’s inability to deal with the Bluray format not to mentioned HD audio, I decided to get one of the Sony auto changers (BDP-CX960). I bought the cheaper one (I could see no good reason to get the BDP-CX7000ES at over twice the price) and it really has been great. I jury rigged my home made AV cabinet to accommodate the large unit and loaded it with over 100 Blurays, DVD’s and some CD’s. There was a lot of criticism of the UI of the unit but I find it easy to navigate and very cool.
The biggest complication was having to add a wireless bridge to my HT closet so that the unit could access the Gracenote database for disk information and cover art. It took about 30 minutes to load the disks and another hour or so to find and load the disk info from Gracenote.Gracenote only missed 7 disks out of the over 100 loaded (400 is capicity) and that was no surprise as they were import or esoteric titles. The unit also noted the need for, then upgraded the firmware using this Web connection.
Overall I am very impressed with the BDP-960. I wish it could handle SACD (hello Sony
) and DVD-A formats but I still have the Oppo BDP-83 for those. Browsing my disk collection has been fun (load times are a little SLOW) and I can waste a lot more time in the HT room now that all the disks are at my fingertips
. Now I need to cull through my CD's and load the best 200 or so.
It is a LARGE unit so I'm glad it's hidden in the Equip closet.