Sunfire: Another Media Server Bites the Dust

TGM-100 movie and music server will be replaced with Elan G control system, which integrates with Sony 400-disc Blu-ray changer

RIP: Sunfire Theater Grand Media Server (TGM-100)
Julie Jacobson · April 23, 2010

Sunfire is the latest manufacturer to drop its media server, following Escient, Axonix (morphed to something else) and much earlier Xperinet.

The company is phasing out the Theater Grand Media Server (TGM-100) introduced last year at a retal price of about $6,000.

Why bother with it, really, since sister company Elan will offer a media management solution with the forthcoming G control system. Besides, the media server was a strange fit for Sunfire, whose strength is in subwoofers, speakers and related electronics.

“With the release of Elan’s new G system, dealers will get many of the features they have been asking for, like management of Blu-ray changers, plus access to Pandora, Rhapssody and more,” says marketing director Eric Harper.

The Elan G won’t support DVD ripping as Sunfire’s TGM did. With that, Elan joins the likes of Control4 and Crestron which prefer to leave the movie storage business to someone else.

Harper says that phone calls were made to affected Sunfire dealers, “and we are working with them to ensure a smooth transition.”

Elan announced in March that the G system would support the Sony BDP-CX7000ES Blu-ray 400 Disc Changer (press release, next page).

Meanwhile, perhaps you can get a good deal from Vidabox.

  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at

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News · Axonix · Elan · Escient · Media Server · Sunfire · VidaBox · All Topics
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