Sunfire Phasing Out Media Server Component
Will let sister company Elan and its G System, which also supports Sony's Blu-ray megachanger, cover the media server category.
April 26, 2010 by Julie Jacobson

Sunfire is the latest manufacturer to drop its media server, following Escient, Axonix (morphed to something else) and, much earlier, Xperinet.

The company is phasing out the Theater Grand Media Server (TGM-100) introduced last year at a retail price of about $6,000.

Why bother with it, really, since sister company Elan will offer a media management solution with the forthcoming G control system. Besides, even though we gave it a pretty positive review, the media server was a strange fit for Sunfire, whose strength is in subwoofers, speakers and related electronics.

“With the release of Elan’s new G system, dealers will get many of the features they have been asking for, like management of Blu-ray changers, plus access to Pandora, Rhapsody and more,” says marketing director Eric Harper.

The Elan G won’t support DVD ripping as Sunfire’s TGM did. With that, Elan joins the likes of Control4 and Crestron, which prefer to leave the movie storage business to someone else.

If you’re a Sunfire loyalist and are wondering about your custom electronics pro connection to the product, Harper says that phone calls were made to affected Sunfire dealers, “and we are working with them to ensure a smooth transition.”

Elan announced in March that the G system would support the Sony BDP-CX7000ES Blu-ray 400 Disc Changer.

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Julie Jacobson - Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson is co-founder of EH Publishing and currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro, mostly in the areas of home automation, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. She majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. Julie is a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player with the scars to prove it. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson.

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