Why on earth would anyone ever buy a $2300 PC PLUS a multi disc player in 2005?
Wouldn’t it make more sense if the second part of this system were a 5000 Gig hard drive for ripped CDs/DVDs?
Take this set up: How long will it be that the Apple hard drive based version of this sort of system is out, eating Sony’s DRM-infested lunch?
Sony should be asking themselves: "Why Apple is kicking our pathetic asses up
and down the aisles of Best Buy and for that matter, the Apple Stores?"
Is it possible that Son’y own idiotic DRM policies has now poisoned their design process?
NYT: Keeping track of and organizing the hundreds of CD’s, DVD’s and downloaded music files found in the average household can be daunting. The Sony Vaio XL1 Digital Living System, a multimedia hub for the living room, may offer a solution.
The system, which sells for $2,300, comes in two parts. One is a high-end PC with an Intel Pentium D processor, a 200-gigabyte hard drive and advanced graphics ability. The PC, which uses the Microsoft Media Center XP operating system, allows you to record TV shows directly to the hard drive for on-demand viewing.
The second part is a CD-DVD changer that stores 200 discs. With an Internet connection, the changer can find and retrieve CD track information, and, for DVD’s, cast lists and other movie information.
The XL1 connects to a high-definition TV using the new HDMI interface, which handles both video and audio with a single cable. With a remote or a wireless keyboard, all digital components – cable or satellite boxes, DVD players and digital video recorders like TiVo – can be controlled from the couch.
I would have been the ideal demo for this hadware; Now everything Sony does has a taint to me.
One $2,300 Hub That Promises to Tame Multimedia in the Home
STEPHEN C. MILLER
NYT, November 10, 2005