By Andrew Liszewski
If your home theater is powered by a Windows Media Center PC, the ideal solution if you have a large Blu-ray collection is to rip all of your movies to a hard drive. But that also requires a decent amount of storage, so as an alternative you can go with S1Digital’s Blu-ray Disc Changer which can accommodate up to 100 discs, making them available to watch almost instantly without having to constantly load each one. The included MyMovies software also automatically scans each disc and downloads metadata and cover art so you have a more visually-pleasing way to browse your collection.
However, when connected to an S1Digital Entertainment Center, or any Windows Home Server with enough storage, the Blu-ray Disc Changer can also be used to automatically rip your collection so that it’s available to any PC or media streaming device on your network. With a price tag of $1,500 you’re definitely paying for convenience here, though for that much money it would have been nice if the changer at least had an HDMI connection so you could hook it directly to an HDTV. From what I can tell it’s only equipped with USB 2.