Kaleidescape intros Cinema One standalone media server

posted on Wednesday, 31st July 2013 by Steve May

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High-end media server company Kaleidescape has launched its first mainstream (albeit decidedly upmarket and posh mainstream) media server designed as a standalone entertainment solution. The Cinema One is a self-contained server and disc player intended for single room use. As such, it's also the brand's first retail proposition, priced at £3,295.

According to company founder and EVP Cheena Srinivasan (pictured above), the Cinema One will be the first in a line of new Kaleidescape products. "For many installers, the original Kaleidescape is too expensive a proposition to be specified for installations on tight budgets," he told Inside CI. "Now with the Cinema One we have a far more affordable solution." Everything required to install and use the Cinema One is provided in the box. Kaleidescape's existing products will now be rechristened the Premiere line, with the distinction that they are exclusively aimed at CI professionals.

The unit comes with a 4TB drive, able to store 100 Blu-rays or 600 DVDs. If a customer needs additional storage, they will need to by a second Cinema One. The unit does not support third party storage media.

The Cinema One has an integrated Blu-ray drive. Any Blu-ray imported ("We never say 'ripped'" chided Srinivasan), needs to be physically in the drive in order for the Kaleidescape copy to play. Alternatively, the unit can act as a standalone BD player. When the disc is played, but not loaded, the user can still benefit from Kaleidescape's interface and Movie Guide metadata support.

The real appeal of the system though is not so much when it's used with physical media, but when movies are downloaded from the newly opened Kaleidescape Store. These 1080p Blu-ray quality files don't present a storage problem either, as they can simply be deleted from the Cinema One and then downloaded again when required. The Cinema One does not support 3D playback, although Srinivasan does not rule the feature out on future iterations. In line with other Kaleidescape products, the new server can be integrated with all popular control systems.

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Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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