July 23, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger
Sony’s DVD megachangers have long been popular with home theater buffs who want to store their mass media in one place. Today the company announced not one, but two Blu-ray versions of the megachanger that will hold up to 400 Blu-ray discs, DVDs and CDs.
The models are the BDP-CX960, which will run about $800 and come out in the fall, and the BDP-CX7000ES that’s part of Sony’s “Elevated Standard” series and will be out in August for about $1,900.
If you’d rather stick to loading and playing one disc at a time, Sony also announced the single-loading BDP-S1000ES also in the ES line. It includes built-in Wi-Fi (802.11N/G/B/A) for BD-Live convenience, plus it’s DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) ready so you can connect it with compliant devices to network media. The latest lossless audio codecs Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio are onboard, plus 7.1-channel analog output to connect with legacy receivers. Look for the BDP-S1000ES in August for around $700.
Getting back to the big boys, the BDP-CX7000ES can integrate with third-party automation systems, featuring an RS232 connection.
Both the BDP-CX7000ES and BDP-CX960 include Gracenote’s MusicID and VideoID software to organize your music and movie collections, and when you insert a disc the technology automatically downloads the info across your broadband connection. You can scroll through titles on the players’ xross media bar menu system.
Along with that nifty feature, the models provide the usual stable of Blu-ray enhancements:
- Standard-definition upscaling to 1080p, via Sony’s Precision Cinema HD Upscale technology
- Full HD 1080/60p and 24p True Cinema
- 7.1-channel Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio
- Formats ranging from BD-ROM/R/RE, DVD-+ Video/R/RW, CD/R/RW and MP3/JPEG on BD/DVD/CD recordable media
- Deep Color (xvYCC)
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