Sep 12 2016

News - Don't call it a comeback, Kaleidescape wasn't down that long

According to Inside CI, Kaleidescape used it recent troubles to restructure a bit. Although I'm not that confident given market trends, and even what Kaleidescape has to say for itself.

Aug 24 2016

News - OTT killed the Kaleidescape star (if there ever was one)

It didn't come as a shock when I saw Engadget's report that Kaleidescape is closing down its high end movie player business. Frankly, I'm surprised they've held out this long against the onslaught of "good enough" content from the myriad over-the-top (OTT) content players out there that don't cost $25K. I've seen this in my own consumption as well. My need for a huge NAS, filled to the brim with content has diminished greatly; directly proportional to the improvements in quality and content available from Netflix, Amazon, VUDU, Google Play, etc. Has your experience been the same?

Oct 04 2013

News - Ars Technica Reviews Kaleidescape’s Cinema One

Chances are, if you're here, you look at devices like the Cinema One as an expensive curiosity. It does provides some of the features we’ve been backstroking Scrooge McDuck style for more years than I can remember to the masses, er... monied masses, because while it is a cheap Kaledescape system, it still costs $3000. That pile of cash does automate many of the “complicated” tasks associated with plastic removal, but at least for Blu-ray doesn’t really address the sneakernet problem because you still need to put the disc in the box for it to play. I certainly understand why non-technical people would want something like this, but for my money, it seems like $3000 could buy an awful lot of VUDU to go with that OPPO if you don’t want to learn how to use AnyDVD HD.

Kaleidescape's systems automate a significant chunk of the HTPC experience, wrapping the movie ripping and storage aspect in a single attractive package that looks and functions more like an appliance than an HTPC. The company's traditional products, as mentioned, are expensive—like, $10,000-type expensive. They're great for an upmarket customer who wants to wire every room in his or her vacation home up for movie watching, but it's not a great option for the more middle-class among us.


Feb 06 2012

News - Kaleidescape M700 Disc Vault, M500 Player, and 1U Server Reviewed

Kaleidescape has made its mark with its high-end DVD and Blu-ray distribution systems and media servers. While many DIYers have built their own solutions for serving movies across their home networks, Kaleidescape's systems are intended to deliver the same experience to any user in a sleek, albeit expensive, turnkey package. At the heart of a Kaleidescape system is the Kaleidescape Server for storing copies of your DVD and Blu-ray movies. The server works in tandem with the M-class players and disc vaults for copying and playing back stored movies throughout the house. The need to keep the disc accessible to the server might seem to defeat the purpose for some users, but Kaleidescape may have put together a winning solution if you can live with the disc-access limitations and the price. 

Kaleidescape M700 Disc Vault

If you want a true server for native Blu-ray content throughout your home, Kaleidescape is the only company that has managed to work through the legal mess to release such a system. The Kaleidescape M Series players and disc vaults deliver 1080p video with Dolby TrueHD or DTS HD-MA to any room in your home over your wired network. 

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