Blu-ray Players

Sony BDP-CX7000ES Blu-ray Player (Mega Changer)

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Introduction

I have always been attracted to the idea of a movie server. The ability to call up a title from an on-screen menu rather that looking through my large bookcase used to be the stuff of science fiction. Of course, so did the idea of putting an entire movie on something the size of a coaster. Fiction is now reality thanks to products like the Sony BDP-CX7000ES.

It is unfortunate that traditional media servers are expensive and even the best ones do not have Blu-ray support. Sony’s answer to this is the CX7000ES disc mega-changer. The CX7000ES is Sony's flagship jukebox; a changer capable of storing 400 discs of the Blu-ray, DVD or CD variety. The ES tag stands for Sony's Elevated Standard. This means top-of-the-line components are used in construction and the performance is the best you can expect to see out of their lineup. There are also features present for integrators like RS-232 control. Video processing is a cut above Sony’s other products lineup as well with a proprietary 14-bit solution being featured here.

So does this box deliver the ultimate in media playback convenience? Let’s take a look.

Specifications

  • Design: Blu-ray/DVD/CD 400-Disc Changer
  • Supported Disc Types: BD-Video, DVD-Video, CD, AVCHD, CD-R/RW, DVD±R/RW, DVD±R DL, BD-R/RE
  • Audio Codec Support: PCM, Dolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Audio Output: LPCM or Bitstream
  • BD-ROM Profile 2, Version 2.0 (Backwards Compatible with Profile 1, Versions 1.1 and 1.0)
  • Internal Storage: None
  • External Storage: USB 2.0
  • Audio Connections: 7.1 RCA, Digital Coax, Toslink
  • Video Connections: Composite, S-Video, Component
  • HDMI 1.3a
  • Supported Video Resolutions: 480i/p, 576i/p, 720p, 1080i/p
  • 24p Output: Yes, for Blu-ray Only
  • Source Direct: No
  • Additional Connections: Ethernet (100BASE-T), IR In, RS-232
  • Dimensions: 9.5" H x 17" W x 21.9" D
  • Weight: 31.3 Pounds
  • MSRP: $1,899 USA
  • Sony