Sony Announces BDP-CX7000ES And BDP-CX960, A Massive 400-disc Blu-ray Player

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Really Sony?  Does anyone really need a 400-disc Blu-ray changer?  Who in their freakin’ right mind owns this many Blu-rays, let alone needs to be able to watch any single one of them at the push of the button?

Announced today, the Sony BDP-CX960 and slightly higher end BDP-CX7000ES store and play up to 400 Blu-ray discs.  Pop in any Blu-ray or CD and the changer will dial up Gracenote’s Music and Video ID service and automatically adhere box art and fun movie info you never before cared about.  Both units output full HD, include a USB input for adding local storage, all the audio codecs you’d expect at this point in the game as well as BD-Live capabilities.  The higher end CX7000ES on the other hand features DVD upscaling and an RS232 connection and IR-in for fully integrating the unit into your home’s automation system.

The CX7000ES will launch this August for $1,900, while the CX960 will hit sometime this fall for $800.

Also of note, Sony launched their 13th player as well today, the BDP-S1000ES.  The mainstay of this unit is the built-in WiFi and is DLNA compliant, meaning you can watch photos and other content right on your TV, but still lacks the ability to stream Netflix.  The BDP-S1000ES will be available this August for $700.

Full release after the ‘leap’

SONY ORGANIZES YOUR ENTERTAINMENT COLLECTION WITH NEW 400-DISC BLU-RAY DISC/DVD MEGACHANGER
Company Expands Blu-ray Disc Player Options with Three New Models

NEW YORK, July 23, 2009 – Looking to help consumers simplify and manage their living room entertainment experience, Sony today announced the  new BDP-CX960 and the “Elevated Standard” (ES) BDP-CX7000ES 400-disc Blu-ray Disc™ MegaChangers.

The company also announced the BDP-S1000ES single disc ES player expanding the Sony’s Blu-ray Disc line to 13 models offering a broad set of performance and features.

The Blu-ray Disc MegaChanger models store and play 400 Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, and CDs, allowing consumers to relocate their disc library to a convenient, easy-to-access location.

They also feature the ability to download information from Gracenote’s MusicID® and VideoID™ products to organize movies and music.  When a disc is inserted into the device, Gracenote technology automatically downloads information across an existing Internet broadband service and saves title, director, some cast information, release year, and genre information for most titles, allowing users to easily navigate the library intuitively through the player’s xross media bar™ menu system.

“Think about all those great movie and music discs in your collection,” said Chris Fawcett, vice president for Sony Electronics’ home audio and video business.  “Wouldn’t it be great to instantly play those movies or CDs — definitely gives a new meaning to the notion of a movie marathon!”

BDP-CX7000ES and BDP-CX960

Leading the MegaChanger line up is the BDP-CX7000ES which outputs full HD 1080/60p and 24p True Cinema™.  Designed to integrate with third-party automation control systems, the model features an RS232 connection and IR-in and is built to high-quality ES standards.

It offers exceptional audio quality with 7.1 channel analog output and superior video incorporating Sony’s HD Reality Enhancer and Super Bit Mapping technologies.  The HD Reality Enhancer technology continually analyzes the original source bit by bit, sharpening edges and reproducing detail, while reducing the effects of film grain.  Super Bit Mapping delivers smoother color gradation realizing true 14-bit equivalent color tone from 8-bit sources.

The model also upscales standard definition DVDs to 1080p through Sony’s Precision Cinema HD Upscale technology when connected to a 1080p display via HDMI.

Precision Cinema HD Upscale uses advanced conversion and processing to detect image changes at the pixel level, rather than the level of whole scan lines.  Additionally, separate algorithms are used to process the moving and still parts of an image, resulting in sharp backgrounds with moving objects that are free from motion artifacts.

Complementing the BDP-CX7000ES, is the new BDP-CX960.  This 400-disc MegaChanger also delivers full HD 1080/60p and 24p True Cinema output and Precision Cinema HD Upscale technology.

Both the BDP-CX7000ES and BDP-CX960 feature an Ethernet port for connectivity to a local home broadband network to download metadata from Gracenote, software updates and to access BD-Live™ content.  There is also an external port for local storage so users can add their USB flash storage device to support BD-Live content.

The models support 7.1 channel Dolby® TrueHD and Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS®-HD High Resolution Audio, and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding as well as bit-stream output via HDMI.  It is compatible with an array of video formats, including BD-ROM/R/RE (BDMV and BDAV modes), DVD-+ Video/R/RW, CD/R/RW, and MP3/JPEG on BD/DVD/CD recordable media and supports x.v.Color™ (xvYCC) technology.  The BDP-CX7000ES also supports Deep Color via HDMI (v1.3).

The BDP-CX7000ES is available this August for about $1,900, while the BDP-CX960 will be available this fall for about $800. BDP-S1000ES

The single-disc BDP-S1000ES Blu-ray Disc player bolsters the ES line adding built-in Wi-Fi® (802.11N/G/B/A) capability for easy BD-Live access.  The model offers full HD 1080/60p and 24p True Cinema™ and upscales standard definition DVDs to 1080p through Sony’s Precision Cinema HD Upscale technology.

The model can easily connect to the Internet through an existing wireless home network to download and stream BD-Live content from select titles including additional scenes, short subjects, trailers, interactive games, and more.  It also enables easy firmware updates to assist in keeping your player up-to-date with the latest Blu-ray Disc media and features.

While compatible with most wireless routers, the BDP-S1000ES also supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup™, for a quick and easy connection to enabled wireless routers.  Additionally, the player is Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) ready, allowing it to connect to other DLNA compliant devices to watch digital photos on your TV.

The model also incorporates Sony’s HD Reality Enhancer, Super Bit Mapping, and Precision Drive HD technology.

It supports Deep Color video output and x.v.Color technology.  The player is compatible with an array of video formats, including BD-ROM/R/RE (BDMV and BDAV modes), DVD-+ Video/R/RW, CD/R/RW, and MP3/JPEG on BD/DVD/CD recordable media.

The model also is compatible with advanced audio codecs including 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS -HD Master Audio, and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio decoding and bit-stream output, as well as analog 7.1 channel output.

The BDP-S1000ES is available this August for about $700.

The models will be available at Sony Style stores, online at www.sonystyle.com, and at authorized retailers nationwide.

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Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."

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21 Comments

  1. The unit does not allow one to access the discs via slot number with the remote unless through the GUI. This is a major setback to the custom installers out there who want to use is also as a CD changer for multi-zone audio systems.

  2. The unit does not allow one to access the discs via slot number with the remote unless through the GUI. This is a major setback to the custom installers out there who want to use is also as a CD changer for multi-zone audio systems.

  3. I agree with others that have commented on this ‘announcement’ of the Sony blu-ray changer on Gadget REVIEW. I had expected a review of the product.

    I am not a fan of blu-ray; I don’t like the incredibly slow disc loading times for example and thought HD-DVD was in many ways superior. Regardless, blu-ray is I believe the only physical high definition format available.

    Christen would appear to dislike blu-ray even more than I do, to make such a thoughtless comment.
    “Does anyone really need a 400-disc Blu-ray changer?” Probably not, in the same way no one needs a Maserati or Ferrari, or a Patek Phillipe or Cartier watch. But if we embrace the spirit of the comment, does anyone WANT a 400 disc blu-ray changer, then the answer is YES!

    I have two Pioneer 300 disc DVD changers, and I like the ability to store all my DVDs in the player(s) for immediate access. I don’t need that convenience but I like it. I was waiting for a blu-ray player that stores hundreds of discs before investing in the format.

    I am not convinced that blu-ray will ever be a huge success in the way CD and DVD was; that there is still a market for ‘full screen’ DVDs in the USA would seem to indicate there are a lot of people out there with 4:3 tube TVs that can’t take advatange of blu-ray resolution (I still own a tube TV myself). And there are far too many cheap flat panel TVs out there with 720p resolution. Most of the time DVD quality is good enough for me. But Sony’s blu-ray ‘mega changer’ does tempt me to start investing in the blu-ray format.

    Now if only the website andimistrators could have removed that first paragraph…

  4. Wow! I thought this “Gadget Review” sucked. I’m glad to see I’m not the only one.

    We have 2 other Sony Mega changers. One CD and one DVD. They are both full.

    The nicest thing about a mega changer is not having to handle and possibly damage your disk, not to mention lose them in the clutter of all the cases as you switch out disk.

    I looked for this “Review” to see the differences in the 2 changers. Not to decide if having a blu-ray changer was for me. It is for me.

    Hey, I must be in the top 5%.

    By the way, To McDonalds, (Advertising here), In response to the Reviewer here I will not be buying McDonalds today.

  5. Wow. Talking about pulling your head out of your ass… I suggest you do that yourself.
    Maybe there aren’t that many families that own 400 blu-rays, or even 400 blu-rays and dvds. But I think there are in fact a lot of families that own 400 blu-rays, dvds and cds. Because, oh snap, you can put those in as well. Well enough time wasted at this garbage you consider to be an ‘article’. Have a nice life.

  6. probably not; different light spectrums, reading methods, same reason you couldn’t flash a CD player to read a DVD. Mainly tech is backwards compatible…
    Isn’t HDDVD gone?
    my guess is that BluRAY will be replaced by streaming content

  7. This is not the first carousel CD DVD player that Sony has created. I have the 300 disc Sony DVP-CX875P and it is fully loaded. I use it mainly to reduce the clutter of racks of cases and the wear and tear of finding, adding, removing a DVD each time I want to watch a movie. It also has the ability to play any track from any disc in the collection with a function called Program Play. This was a nice way to show off your system for example I would select Vertical Limit Chapter 1, Matrix C29, Sum of all fear C9, Predator C12, Muskateer C6, Open Range C14, Batman C28, Independence Day C25, X-Men 1.5 C24 Matrix Reloaded C23, etc.. I really hope they have kept and/or expanded this feature. I also like the idea of using an internet connection to get the disc info, this was not always included with the DVD and you would have to pick a picture from a scene on the disc to use as the icon in the folder menu. The menu itself was always a little slow, I hope they were able to speed this up.

  8. actually, since its firmware can be upgraded by direct internet connection, even if (and that is a BIG IF)… IF BluRay did not continue to dominate over hd, and yet again an inferior format won the marketplace video standard, Sony could issue an update to read the inferior ‘hd’ format. No?

  9. The strength of this machine is it’s ability to play CDs, DVDs, and BDs, so I won’t need several devices for music or video playback. I’ve been hoping to get something like this for years!

    The opening paragraph lacks insight and discredits the article. I think the “review” was poorly worded, and the responses to the criticism are juvenile.

    Don’t quit yer day job, kid.

  10. Wow..That’s all I have to say. If this an article and not a reviw, then why is it posted on “Gadget Review”? I would put money o that more than 5% of the families own more than 400 DVD and/or Blu-ray discs. If the article is not a review, it should not be listed in the Gadget Review. searched for review iintentionally and found this crap. It’s one thing to be creative, it’s another to be uninformed.

  11. Christen,
    I discovered your article while looking for new information on this Blue Ray device. I am a future buyer of this equipment. Did you actually receive compensation for this “article”? You basically wrote an unprofessional sentence and then cut and pasted information from the general info that is widely available on the web. In short, this article provides no insight. To dismiss what could be the most advanced dvd device in history with a sophomoric “oh really” and “freakin” indicates you are really missing the boat. You do not likely know this but there are over 2000 titles currently available in Blue Ray and more becoming available every day. The device also not only plays but upscales regular dvds and the number of families who own 400 or more dvds is more plentiful, as “Vis” points out above.

    I suggest if you would like to make money in writing reviews for electronic equipment, or become good at it, you might want to read the CNET review. It is well written, objective, and serves a purpose. This article is framed by ads from your corporate clients such as Kmart, Windstream, and even the upscale Infiniti. I can assure you the sales people who obtained these customers did not and will not use your article to attract business.

    As for the “oh snap” comment, are you a large black women from the 70’s? Who has talked like that in the last decade?

    You will eventually leave this career unknown and in obscurity if you persist authoring such articles. Please accept this as positive criticism of your work and improve.
    I wish you luck Eleanor Rigby

    1. Well, well, well, someone has some time on their hands. First of all the above article is not a review and nor was it or is positioned in that manner. Second, what the hell is an unprofessional sentence? C) (got ya), it’s certainly not the most advanced DVD player in history because it is actually a blu-ray player that can also handle DVDs. Second to last, If you haven’t been following the industry, then you’d know that Blu-ray may not last all that long hence negating the purchase of a 400 disc Blu-ray player. Lastly, I’d put money on it that not more than 5% of families in the US own 400 or more DVDs.

      I resent your comment in regards to a ‘large black woman’ as you’re clearly racist and believe the way people talk is associated with their skin color. If you took the time to pull your head out of your ass you’d probably be able to see this.

      I don’t accept this as positive criticism and you’re only stifling my creativity.

  12. LOL @ “Jim”: I own 417 BD-discs (all region’s since I have a high-end region-free BD-player as well) plus an additional 1800+ DVD’s. So how about you go elsewhere and play some more Mario Bros, allright?

  13. Christen da Costa,

    You need to get a clue when you make the comment.

    “Really Sony? Does anyone really need a 400-disc Blu-ray changer? Who in their freakin’ right mind owns this many Blu-rays, let alone needs to be able to watch any single one of them at the push of the button?”

    I as well as our clients have been waiting for this device for a long time!

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