We kind of thought Escient
was somehow taking things in a slightly more "cost
effective" direction with their $1000 Escient
media manager last year, but they've just gone quite a bit the other way with their new $6000 FireBall
DVDM-552 which just started shipping. From the looks of things they're spending most of that $6000 on component video
hookups, though there's plenty more to love here. The DVDM-552 can manage up to 2000 DVDs or CDs stored in Sony DVD
changers, can send multiple video or digital audio streams to multiple rooms, holds a 500GB HDD, and can stream
networked media. Everything can be operated through a web control panel, a PDA, or from a particularly brave remote.
Sounds pretty exciting, though for the amount you'd be spending on this thing it seems like you could afford to put a
WMCE PC in each room instead. But we're not going to try and stop you or anything.