Notes and FAQ:
The model was launched sometime around 1992, and was
withdrawn around 1998 to be replaced with the DRM-7000.
According to Pioneer, the DR-D504X CD drives installed
as standard in my variant do support digital audio extraction.
Anecdotal evidence differs, though, and as yet I've seen no evidence to
suggest that anyone has actually managed DAE with these drives. The drive
mechanisms seem to share a number of modules with the external DRM-604x
six disk changer (under some circumstances the drives are even identified
as such), and as the 604x drives do not support CDDA it seems
likely that Pioneer are mistaken!
Pioneer state repeatedly that the 5004X cannot be
upgraded to support DVDs. Anecdotal evidence disagrees here too, however,
as several users seem to have bought the units second-hand already fitted
with DVD drives. [Update: I'm becoming less convinced about this as time
goes on, actually.] Note that, whatever their capabilities, the drives are
a wildly non-standard form factor, and replacement with any kind of
off-the-shelf units is completely out of the question.
The CD drives are recognised as standard SCSI drives by
Windows 2000 and Windows XP, but the changer hardware is not identified.
This means that, in the absence of a hardware driver, the Windows
Removable Storage Manager subsystem cannot be used to control the changer.
None of the Pioneer or 3rd-party management utilities
below seem to work under Windows 2000 or later operating systems.
The Linux device and media management subsystem MTX is
reputed to recognise and control the changer hardware without too much
additional tweaking. One report suggests that the 2.2.x Linux kernel
probably interfaces with the changer rather better than the current 2.4.x