Sean Alexander

Thoughts are actions in rehearsal

A quick jaunt over to and you’ll find the flagship Sony Vaio VGX-XL1 Digital Living System. Sporting a 200 disc DVD changer and Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 w/ Rollup 2, this sleek looking system is a flagship of home entertainment integration, showcasing exactly why the My DVDs feature was added in Rollup 2.

That’s the good part- here somes the less stellar: The system ships with only 512MB RAM and 64MB of on-board video memory in a GeForce 6200. Fine for 80% of customers, if you’re buying a $2300 home entertainment addition, you should at least get 1GB and 128MB of memory, respectively. A 50% off offer on a paired receiver with WMA Pro 7.1 audio support would be another nice addition or even cross-marketing with a Digital Walkman. But alas, these are separate organizations under the Sony flag so I guess that’s a non-starter.

Back on the plus-side, the thing supports just about every DVD burning format including dual-layer (no HD DVD or Blu-Ray support… expect Blu-ray only in an update in the future is my guess). If you’re rich and have the moxy, this is a good system for you. Given the specs, it should serve you into the Windows Vista timeframe as well.

4 thoughts on “Sony's new Media Center w/ Changer

  1. Jim says:

    Great Style – Way way underspecified but hey haven’t we all got MCE computers anyway …

    The real question is can we get hold of the 200 disc DVD changer seperately and how much does it cost?

  2. Sean says:

    Unfortunately you can only get the DVD changer via the system, however Niveus has a changer that’s available 🙂

  3. Nick Abruzzo says:


    Have you considered blogging how the media center concept fits within a home computing environment? I’m currently purchasing making a purchase, but am concerned with competing technologies, and evolving techniques for managing digitial media (in the home environment)…out-dated.

    I’m specifically looking for a pc solution that will allow me and my family to utilize the Internet simulataneously from different areas within my home — and also, manage my music and movies. Is there a solution, outside the media center concept that would work? I’m guessing I need to jury rig multiple technologies to achieve this…



    PS> Great blog

  4. Mike A says:

    Too bad Sony/BMG has no respect for security in Microsoft’s products.

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