updated 02:15 pm EDT, Thu September 6, 2007
Sony V1000 and S2000ES
Sony today reinforced its Blu-Ray efforts with two new players, including its first many-disc reader. The V1000 Home Entertainment Server is built upon a 200-disc Blu-Ray changer that in many cases will hold a viewer's entire HD movie catalog in the tower's base. Other media can be stored in a purely digital form on a 500GB internal hard drive that also helps the unit record; for the first time, a non-computer device from Sony can record music, photos, and videos to Blu-Ray discs as well as DVDs, the company says. When connected to a TV across HDMI, the V1000 uses Sony's recent cross media bar interface to generate photo slideshows to music or play movies at their native 1080p resolution.
DLNA media sharing support is also key, Sony adds: the tower uses either Ethernet or optional Wi-Fi to pull media from other sources, or serve it up to compatible devices such as Sony's own PlayStation 3 and some VAIO computers. Content can also either be loaded or shared over component, RCA, and S-video TV signals, a multi-format card reader, and 4-pin FireWire. Sony hopes to launch the V1000 in October for $3,500.
Just as new is the S2000ES single-disc player. The first Blu-Device under Sony's premium ES range, it takes the features of Sony's highest-end players and adds stabilization techniques that the company believes will reduce noise and improve playback: dual shielding, a strengthened drive bracket, and a stiffer beam chassis prevent the laser from skipping or drive access from vibrating the whole casing. It and the S500, just announced for the US, also bring along deep color through HDMI, 7.1-channel Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD sound, and 24 FPS playback. Both are expected in the same timeframe as the V1000 and will sell for $1,300 for the S2000ES and $700 for the S500.
V1000 Home Entertainment Server