|Escient Fireball E2-300 Music Server|
|Home Theater Media Servers Music Servers|
|Written by Brian Kahn|
|Friday, 01 July 2005|
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As with other Escient devices, one cannot mix Kenwood and Sony changers. The reason that this would be desirable is that the Kenwood changers can accommodate DVD-Audio discs and the Sony can accommodate SACD. At the moment, the issue is somewhat moot because the Escient E2 supports CDs only. However, some may own the two different changers and will have to forego one. As for high-resolution music, one can only hope that the digital copyright issues are resolved so that support can be extended to high-resolution, multi-channel formats. In the interim, Escient could still support these formats, so long as the original discs are loaded into changers controlled by the Escient.
I would also like to see the ability to purchase and download music straight to the Escient. I realize this would take more than just Escient to accomplish, but it would be nice if there was a competitor to iTunes that would enable high-quality digital downloads straight to your digital music server.
Lastly, the Escient lacks the removable hard drive feature that my Request music server has. This feature allows for quick capacity upgrades, ability to have multiple drives with multiple libraries and more.
The Escient E2-300 is an incredible product for the serious music enthusiast. It is now possible for one to have nearly a thousand albums’ worth of high-quality music literally at your fingertips and at a reasonable price. This product allows music collectors to quickly access their music without having to resort to low-quality MP3s while allowing you the flexibility to store your music in lower-fidelity formats if quantity is more of a concern than quality. The E2 is well-suited to be located at your primary listening location with clients situated at secondary locations, allowing up to four users to independently access a music collection.
The E2-300 is great bang for the buck AV component and is further evidence that digital music managers are the way of the near future for even the most demanding music enthusiasts with the highest-performance systems.