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Is a 400 disc DVD player the best library?


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#1 of 15 OFFLINE   DustinT

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Posted December 02 2005 - 12:48 PM

Hi Folks,

I don't have a huge DVD collection by any means. probably still under 300 discs. however, what I DO have, is a small house. In an effort to consolidate my wife and I have removed all the discs and put them in binders instead of pearl cases. This has been working fine... BUT I don't know that I like having big binders laying around either... I'm picky. so what.

Anyhow, we got to thinking that maybe we should get ourselves a multi disc dvd player for Christmas to add to the home theater setup (read: 400+ disc changer probably).

What do you think about this? For those who have experience, does the disc changer provide any kind of menu system? Or do you have to flip through each individual disk to find the one you want manually?

What is your favorite way to categorize your DVD's? I'm open to all suggestions...

Thanks,
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#2 of 15 OFFLINE   Chris Gerhard

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Posted December 02 2005 - 11:44 PM

Assuming the 400 disc mega changers are mechanically durable, that has to be the best and easiest way. Sony even has a new one with HDMI connection if you need that. I don't own one so I can't comment on reliability.

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#3 of 15 OFFLINE   Grant B

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Posted December 09 2005 - 09:16 AM

I have a 400 and an older 300 and I find they make sense for smaller places.I keep the boxes in the back of the closet and keep track where they are with DVD profiler. I use it to print a report to glance at.
I also have 2 for my cd collection since the DVD changers are much slower then the CDs.

Advantages are : no stacks of cds
less messed up discs due to touching etc
easy to find if organized
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#4 of 15 OFFLINE   Brian Osborne

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Posted December 09 2005 - 10:50 AM

I had a 200 disc changer for a long time, we just outgrew it. I now use my PC and media center to arrange all our albums. I found this to be much easier that I thought. I've just burned all of our CDs onto the HDD of my computer and it organizes and labels them all for me. If you have the ability to do this, I strongly reccomend it. I listened to music both ways and I didn't hear any quality loss.
Both my computer and my CD changer have digital audio out.
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#5 of 15 OFFLINE   Grant B

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Posted December 11 2005 - 07:54 AM

Just make sure you use the 'cd quality' and not a MP3 setting.
Takes much more room but mp3 quality sounds like crap on a good system
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#6 of 15 OFFLINE   Andrew Pratt

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Posted December 11 2005 - 03:23 PM

I've owned the 400 disc sony DVD changer and it was great. I have a sony 300 disc CD changer that's going on 4 years old and even with daily use it keeps on trucking. The Sony DVD unit wasn't without its quirks for getting access to a DVD but it was still easier then getting of the couch Posted Image

#7 of 15 OFFLINE   Westly T

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Posted December 23 2005 - 07:14 AM

I had a 200 Disk DVD and it was not bad, but technology changes fast. When it came time for Progressive scan I scrapped the changer idea and went with a quality single disk, all format player. I don't like a changer unless it can play and hold my entire collection (And all formats, CD, SACD, DVD-A, DVD-V). At this time I personally don't plan on another changer, I upgrade too often and like looking through my collection in the rack. For CD's I'm also going away from the changer with my new receiver and media server that streams it across my home network (No disks, music is stored on a hard drive).
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#8 of 15 OFFLINE   EdQ

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Posted December 26 2005 - 05:24 AM

I just picked up the Sony 400 DVD changer for the same reasons. So far its working well. It will read most of the DVD titles and add them to the list. If not, I have a keyboard hooked up for easy input.
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#9 of 15 OFFLINE   John Titan

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Posted January 08 2006 - 03:37 AM

I have a Pioneer 101 disc cd changer. It's about 5-6 years old and it has worked flawlessly. I've been thinking about the sony dvd changer as well. The only thing it lacks is dvd-audio playback which my next player has to have. If dvd-audio is not important I would say go for it. I own almost all the seasons of the star trek catalog which are about 100$ a season. It's always worried me that if one disc of a set was ruined I would have to shell out 100$ to replace it. So having them in a changer really appealed to me.
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Posted April 03 2006 - 01:30 PM

I have a sony 300 disc DVD changer that I bought when these things first came out and am thinking hard about getting one of the new 400 disc dvd changers but need to research more if these can be chained together like the CD players and have been kind of waiting to see what happens with the HD thing.

I also have a sony 300 disc CD player daisy chained to a 400 disc cd player. This system works great for random play if you set it up right, there is absolutely no down time between songs, the other player is all ready to go when the first stops, then they just keep switching. I have another 300 disc cd player on the side. My wife thinks I am nuts, she may be right.

these changers rock in my opinion, I have never had one scratch a cd or a dvd that I am aware of and it gets rid of the fingerprints on the discs and the cd jackets which drive me nuts. I think they are a great way to go especially if storage is an issue. I understand that performance wise they might not be the best though.

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Posted April 03 2006 - 10:00 PM

I started out with a couple of single disk players then graduated to a couple of 5 disks players and now have the 400 disk player. I could never go back to anything less.

#12 of 15 OFFLINE   Hank_P

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Posted April 04 2006 - 03:10 AM

it would be nice to get their megachangers up to date. You can get the ES version with RS-232 port and no HDMI, and get the new CX version with no RS-232 and HDMI, and supposidly better GUI interface (newer/revised/quicker). You would think that the ES version would at least have HDMI.

#13 of 15 OFFLINE   EdQ

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Posted April 04 2006 - 04:41 AM

Which changer are you talking about? My Sony has HDMI
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#14 of 15 OFFLINE   Hank_P

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Posted April 04 2006 - 05:13 AM

the sony CX777ES version does not have the HDMI... suppose to be a step up from the model you purchased (CX995).

#15 of 15 OFFLINE   Grant B

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Posted April 05 2006 - 07:58 AM

joseph f
I guess we are both nuts!
I looked into it and you can daisy chain the 400s together but not a 300 to a 400.
The 400s remote lets you change the IR so you can contral them seperately.
I keep old movies and TV show in the non-progressive scan 300 and the rest (and SACDs) in the 400.
Grant
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