Movie playback from content imported to a Kaleidescape server or from discs in a Disc Vault. High-definition onscreen user interface. Proprietary M-Class. Kaleidescape 1U Server & M Player. Shane Buettner | Sep 20, Performance Features Ergonomics Value. Price: $16, (as tested) At A Glance: . Kaleidescape and I go way back. This is the fifth time I’ve had one of its systems in for review, and I must say, the company’s products just keep.

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Kaleidescape outs M300 and M500 Blu-ray players, copiers

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Kaleidescape M Series Blu-ray Media Server (M Disc Vault, M Player and1U Server) Reviewed

As I mentioned, Kaleidescape can import and play back Blu-ray Discs. The M is much larger at almost nine inches in height by Built on the company’s proprietary M-Class architecture, this kaleirescape generation of players delivers a new and improved onscreen user interface and Blu-ray support.

Strato controls the M-Class player so that when you play a movie stored on the Premiere system, the M-Class player performs the playback. No additional compression is involved, so even high-definition movies with lossless audio from Blu-ray Discs play back in all their glory. And you can cluster multiple 1U or 3U servers and still access your content as a single, monolithic library.

Playback on the M Series system was impressive with near instant startup on playback. For zones where you won’t want or need to import kaleieescape, Kaleidescape makes a smaller player, the M that is also one rack space high but only a little over eight inches wide, allowing you to install two next to each other in standard rack configuration.

Sennheiser HD Headphones Review. I could load discs onto the 1U server with the M optical drive, but the disc would need to stay in that tray, or be placed into another connected M series player or disk vault in order to be accessible.

This is likely one of the coolest features for the mega user who could program each of their multiple home theaters to have their own dedicated intro. Within moments of the disc being recognized, it spun it into the carrousel and was available system wide. It’s not a real issue as the M will rip the discs to the server by itself.


It occupies one rack space, thus the name 1U. But a Kaleidescape server like the 1U reviewed here can deliver as many as five separate Blu-ray Disc movie streams simultaneously to Kaleidescape M-Class Player devices throughout your house.

You can stream from a host of services that are billed as HD, though admittedly are only p. Page 1 Page 2. You can do this in a few different ways. Part of that could be pinging the Net for the metadata, but still, this is something a Mac Mini can do in a few minutes.

Kaleidescape customers love movies and probably music and might want more storage. Multiple servers will cluster to store thousands of movies and albums as a single, seamless collection. A new feature coming down the pike via a free firmware update allows the Kaleidescape M Series components to scale its output to 2. After years of waiting for Kaleidescape to support Blu-ray, I was eager to check one out. Ken Taraszka January 30, Disc importing takes roughly an hour for Blu-ray, and 25 minutes for standard DVDs.

Initially the service was only available in a few Today this means the Blu-ray Disc must be in the tray of an M Player. If you add more Players, the system can support more independent streams, but some people better be listening to music or watching DVD content. Scenes can be edited and pasted together to create a custom intro for your systems but this needs to be done through a web browser.

The two boxes were wrapped together in a travel case and connected to each other over Ethernet with a small router also tucked into the box. Once downloaded, installed and set up, you can scan any disc’s barcode with you phone’s built-in camera or manually type it in to see if you already have the disc.

Premiere Disc-Based Product Line

Kaleidescape is accepting orders for M and M Players, and shipments will begin May 18th. The faster speed is a little slow for even the medium sized collection I had on this system and could get frustrating with much larger collections. No, they are not 3D-capable.


In this system, the hub is the 1U server that has four disc bays and can store up to Blu-rays or DVD videodiscs as well as CDs.

First, you have to understand that this is describing only a sliver of what the Kaleidescape system is and does.

Co-Star gives full access to the latest 4K Ultra HD technology and content from Kaleidescape while retaining seamless access to all content on your Premiere system. Once copied, a Blu-ray disc must remain in the disc vault to enable playback of the copy on the server. Kaleidescape and the Kaleidescape logo are trademarks of Kaleidescape, Inc. Performance When you have a system like this connected to your home theater you change how you use your system.

Some newer titles did need to be connected to get cover art but for the most part it worked flawlessly without an Internet connection. The Interface The Kaleidescape system is as easy as an iPod to work yet offers much more flexibility and performance.

Holiday Sales Were the Strongest in Years. Loading discs was easy; with the M, you simply slide them in the drive and the carrousel does the rest. Holiday Sales Were the Strongest in Years. When navigating the music interface you can select anything you like, song, albums, collections, etc. You could even upload your own home movies and use the web interface to edit home movies for super funny, or embarrassing, shorts for family and friends.

But overall, this is a total drag. My cynicism lasted roughly two and a half to three seconds into actually using a Kaleidescape system. In order to use this system to its potential you need to have enough disc vaults to hold all of your Blu-rays as well as enough server space to store them all on. What few buttons there are on the units also light up either blue or orange.