When we last heard from Escient, the company was pitching its
Fireball DVDM-100, a $2,000 set-top box that hooks into a
Sony DVD-changer and provides an onscreen interface for browsing and accessing DVDs. Nearly two years later, the
company is back with the Fireball SE-D1, which matches the features of the earlier unit, but comes at half the price.
Of course, that doesn't mean the SE-D1 is cheap; you'll still need a DVD-changer, and possibly one of Escient's
expensive media servers, in order to get the full value out of this thing. In the end, chances are you'll spend a lot
less — and have a more flexible system — if you use a home theater PC and
rip archive all of your DVDs to your