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Sony VGP-XL1B2 Media Changer (also: VGP-XL1B)

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  • Store, organize and protect your CD/DVD library with the sleek XL1B media change
  • Capacity for 200 CD/DVD discs
  • DVD-R Double Layer/DVD±RW drive
  • i.LINK interface
  • Computer not included
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Product Information

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Brand NameSony
Item model numberVGP-XL1B2
Hardware PlatformPC
Item Weight31.4 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H17 x 19.51 x 9.32 inches
  
Additional Information
ASINB000ENU79C
Shipping Weight41 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableFebruary 17, 2006
  
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Product Description

The 200-disc mega-changer stores up to an incredible 1.7 TB of optical data. Keep your CDs and DVDs in one convenient location. Enjoy more of your media and preserve it longer in a secure, enclosed housing that keeps you from misplacing or damaging the entertainment media you love.

From the Manufacturer

The Sony VAIO XL1B is a 200 disc CD/DVD Changer/Recorder that connects to your Windows XP MCE 2005 PC to create an exciting, interactive entertainment experience. Load the VAIO XL1B with up to 200 CDs and the system automatically and sequentially copies your CD collection to your hard drive. Discs inserted into your VAIO XL1B Changer/Recorder are automatically detected by your PC which downloads metadata for each disc, including box art and artist information, making browsing your CD/DVD collection easy and fun. And with multi-DVD burning, you can conserve PC hard drive space by automatically and sequentially archiving your favorite TV programs to DVD.

Feature List

Interactive Entertainment Experience
The sleek, horizontal unit works in conjunction with your PC to create a fun, digital way to manage and browse your media collection. This 200 CD/DVD changer connects to a PC to create an exciting interactive living room entertainment experience. Its massive storage capacity eliminates the need for DVD and CD shelves while protecting your content from scratching and loss.

Fast, Convenient Library Access
Organize and energize your CD/DVD collection with the power of a PC and the storage of a 200-disc multimedia changer. The VAIO XL1B is a 200-disc multimedia changer/recorder that works with your Windows XP MCE 2005 PC to digitally organize, browse and enjoy your CD/DVD collection.

Easily Copy CDs to the Hard Drive
Load the VAIO XL1B with up to 200 CDs and the system will automatically and sequentially copy your CD collection to your hard drive. Even with hundreds of CDs in your collection, the VAIO XL1B Changer/Recorder provides you with the power to backup your collection with ease.

Store Recorded TV Programs to DVD
The powerful VAIO XL1B Changer/Recorder makes archiving recorded179 TV and movies a breeze. With automatic, sequential multi-DVD burning, you can conserve PC hard drive space by archiving your favorite movies and TV series' to multiple DVDs for your viewing convenience.

Download CD/DVD Jacket Information
Browse your CD/DVD collection like never before. Discs inserted into your VAIO XL1B2 Changer/Recorder are automatically detected by your PC which downloads available metadata for each disc, including jewel case covers and artist information. For movies, an in-depth synopsis is also downloaded in addition to the star, director, producer details and more.

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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Marc Wielage on August 2, 2006
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None of the reviews on this remarkable product (which Sony actually calls a "Changer/Recorder") mentions the following limitations:

1) you can only rip CDs to the digital formats supported by the Microsoft's WMA Player, specifically WMA and MP3. That's it. If you want uncompressed WAVs, AAC, or anything else, you're out of luck. (It can do lossless WMA, which can be converted to WAVs, but it's still a royal pain to deal with.)

2) the unit itself is gigantic, far bulkier than any consumer PC I've ever seen at 18" wide x 19" deep by 9-1/2" high; it's also very heavy at over 40 pounds. Users will want to place the component on a sturdy desk or cabinet. The good news is, this is not a flimsy consumer device, which you might expect for this price. This is a very heavy-duty unit, in every sense of the word.

3) Sony's manual is terribly inadequate. Many basic tasks are only vaguely hinted at, such as how to change the disk directories or drives on which your library is stored.

4) Although the VGP-XL1B changer is equipped with two Firewire 400 interface jacks (its only i/o ports), the manual advises not to plug anything into the second jack except another changer (daisy-chaining up to five in all).

5) you can also use the system for recording data backups and music to recordable CDs and DVDs, but figuring out exactly how to do this almost requires an EE degree.

6) the functionality of the Media Center interface is kludgy at best, and very buggy at worst.

7) Loading audio CDs into the unit takes quite a bit of time, because Media Center (through Windows Media Player) has to go out on the Net and retrieve all the CD titles, artist names, and song titles.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. Trojanovich on August 6, 2006
Overall not bad for the money, but some very irritating issues.

1st and foremost the only DVD's that the unit will recognize and give information for are originals. That means if you copied any movies, all the player will show is some generic name that you can edit, no info and no options to give it that info. About half of my movies are copied. The interface would be nice if all of your movies were store bought. Also the info it does provide is the bare minimum. The previous setup on my media center PC showed way more info.

2nd, don't buy this expecting to be able to copy anything from your harddrive to disc except for NTSC t.v shows. That is the only option they give you. I had 10's of hours of home video that I hoped to transfer easily to disc, but you just cant do it with the current software.

3rd, yea it is real big, but it stays cool and is very quiet except when it searches for a disc in I think a reasonable time.

4th, it is real picky with scratched DVD's or CD's
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Larry on September 4, 2006
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Congratulations for Sony in making the first true Media Changer for any Media Center PC that brings library control and access that many have been waiting for. This unit was connected to HP Media Center M7360Y, (5 total units via firewire). First, unit was used to rip 200 CDs at a time to hard drive. Flawless, unsupervised execution allowed easy ripping and cataloging of home 2,000+cd collection.(This time saver alone was worth the purchase.)After ripping CD collection, five units were connected via firewire to store home DVD collection. Flawless cataloging and easy access gives true access to home movie collection for $2,500 instead of $40K+ for movie hardrive storage solutions. Important note, all our media are original purchase items so we have had no problems mentioned in other review that states media was copied, not original. We also are using XBOX360 with Media Center Extender for access to the media library over home network through out the house with no issues. This device gives home Media PCs a real media storage solution that cannot be matched by any other solution at this price point. Only issue, installation on HP Media Center did not match the user manual provided by Sony. A call to Sony Tech support provided a promised call back that has never been received. A second installation of the software proved to provide full functionality with slite difference of Media Center PC menu that is covered in the owners manual. Every function is present and working, you just have to look elsewhere in Media Center menu to find the options. (You must make sure that your Media Center PC is using Microsoft Media Center Rollup 2 before installing!!!) Highly recommended product!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nico du Plooy on June 7, 2007
Simply brilliant!

Easy setup, effortless operation and simply no hassles. I am thinking of getting a second one - especially since they can be daisy-chained.

My only objections are a) the poor availability of movie content over the Internet from counties outside the US and b) that it will be rendered obsolete by HD-DVD or BlueRay - but then, so will everything else available now; and probably not within the next five years anyway.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Smalldog on March 17, 2007
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I am using 2 of these units with Vista Ultimate, and I have not had any problems. I didn't even bother to install the Sony software that came with it. It was just plug and play. Vista recognized it as soon as I powered it up.

I have not tried this unit with WinXP MCE.

The printing on the Sony box it's shipped in says "VGP-XL1B" but the sticker with the model and serial number on it say "VGP-XL1B2"
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