For a while now Kaleidascape have been the market leader in terms of movie servers and in the last week or so they have excited movie fanatics across the land with their latest additions to their already somewhat impressive line up.
The new multi-room Blu-Ray servers allow users to create digital copies of all of their Blu-Ray movies onto the server and their latest hardware innovations allow the high definition movies to be viewed all over the house on various screens and TV’s without the need for multiple Blu-Ray players. The new technology is the result of years of rigorous research and development and the announcements have been met with a great deal of excitement from fans is high profile as super model Heidi Klum.
Now, there’s enough of the niceties let’s get down to the specifics of the two new models, the M300 and M500. Firstly, there have been some drastic changes since the last instalments of the Kaleidascape family. Most notably is the reaction to growing concerns in the business over piracy of high definition movies. To tackle this issue, the new systems will require the Blu-Ray disc to be present within the machine in order to playback the movie.
On the face of it that could be a major inconvenience, but the company has been working on methods of keeping a multitude of discs present in the server at any one time meaning constant changing of the discs is not required. In addition to that, the disc loader will allow bulk importing of movies into the hard drive inside and the software will allow locating specific discs simple enough.
Secondly, and perhaps most importantly is the new and improved user interface. The already award winning interface has been dramatically improved with the latest M series and will incorporate easy to access features such as video bookmarks allowing simple navigation to favourite scenes or songs and control triggers to automatically adjust screen masking, lighting and curtains during playback. All of these advanced features amount to one of the greatest cinematic experiences money can buy at present.
In terms of how it looks, the media centre software interface is perhaps a little overcrowded, but all in all extremely informative as well as neat. The main screen will display a grid of all your imported titles including artwork and as you dig deeper you uncover a synopsis as well as a cast list for each movie in your collection. Imported TV shows will also gather information from the Kaleidascape servers which at present includes over 135,000 titles and 3,300 Blu-Ray titles.
In terms of how the hardware looks, the design is simplistic yet effective with nothing more than a white face and sides with the main body of the slim unit sporting a brushed metal effect. The Blu-Ray disc holder that comes as standard is an external unit which fits perfectly into the whole set up and remains constant in aesthetics.
As you can imagine by now, I am certainly quite excited by the Kaleidascape Blu-Ray multi-room player/server set up. However, it is with great regret that due to the premium quality of the entire package, you do pay a premium which amounts to £1,995 or £2,995 for the M300 and M500 respectively. So certainly, the phrase “you get what you pay for” has never been more apt.