ReQuest VideoReQuest Digital Video Controller
Returning the Kaleidescape left a technological hole in my life. Sure, I could fork over the $27,000 asking price, but I'd be setting myself up for a divorce. Fortunately, I've found a viable compromise: the Video-ReQuest digital video controller. Hook this up to one or more Sony 400-disc DVD changers ($700 each), and you'll have a movie jukebox that's both easy and fun to use. (The Sony DVP-CX777ES is the only model currently available that supports an RS-232 serial connection, which is necessary to transfer control data and the table of contents for each disc.)
SETUP The first thing I noticed when unpacking the VideoReQuest was its weight, nearly 16 pounds. It's a very serious piece of electronics, with a thick, brushed-aluminum faceplate.
Installation for a single-changer system is remarkably straightforward. The changer connects to your system as usual, with video and audio running to your A/V receiver or directly to the TV. You then connect one end of the supplied RS-232 cable to the changer and the other to one of the controller's four serial ports.