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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Even the fastest Blu-ray players will still just be on the menu by then. The new Profile 2. Shinola Bookshelf Speaker Review. On paper, it looked like its principal novelty was ripping and playing back DVD movies without having to load a kaleudescape into a player.

Each device will identify other Kaleidescape components and network together automatically, and their cumulative storage is available to every player on the network.

This is a huge step forward, for anyone who has watched a Disney Blu-ray knows what a pain it can kapeidescape sitting through what feels like hours of previews. And you can cluster multiple 1U or 3U servers and still access your content as a single, monolithic library.

Movies and music imported to and stored on the server can then be streamed to an array of Kaleidescape Players either strewn throughout the house via Cat-5 or centrally located and distributed by other means.

The scenes feature is totally customizable. The exclusive Kaleidescape Movie Guide provides cover art, synopses, and details like actors, directors, genres, ratings, and instant access to favorite scenes.

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.


This feature is great when you don’t quite know what you want to watch as you might pause on one thing and be reminded of another film by the same actor or a similar piece thanks to the intelligent shuffling of covers.

Kaleidescape and I go way back. 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. A third faster speed would have been nice. When navigating the music interface you can select anything you like, song, albums, collections, etc. Music From Big Pink. Premiere Disc-Based Product Line. When in the now playing screen you can see the entire queue, search through it, and do some minor editing of the list.

Kaleidescape App for iPad. GoldenEar Technology Triton One. Thankfully, Kaleidescape’s got a disc loader in the works which will allow you to keep a “large number” of discs ready in the system for faster loading. You simply insert as many discs as you like, and walk away. 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. Kaleidescape is accepting orders for M and M Players, and shipments will begin May 18th.

I essentially had a base Kaleidescape network system in a box.

Because you don’t really need one. Should you want to remove a disc it is as simple as selecting the title. 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 M is much larger at almost nine inches in height by 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. The list is alphabetical and scrolls at two speeds.


It was great to watch the scenes and be reminded of the plot and many of the funnier scenes as well. The vault also catalogs your DVDs so that you can organize, search, and play your DVD movies via the onscreen user interface without the hassle of finding and changing discs. Once copied, a Blu-ray disc must remain in the disc vault to enable playback of the copy on the server. Those lucky enough to have a projector with an anamorphic lens can stay in 2.


The M player is also a single rack space in height, The system is so easy to use your grandparents could handle it, even if they can’t figure out email or Facebook. Playback on the M Series system was impressive kaleidescpe near instant startup on playback.

About Kaleidescape Kaleidwscape Kaleidescape movie server redefines home entertainment by transforming the way movies are enjoyed throughout the home. From around the web. Or some mix in between. I wasn’t able to test this my demo unit actually had this software on itas I have a plasma in the system I used for this review, though I have seen it in play and it’s pretty cool.

You can easily scroll up and down kaleifescape any playlist to jump to other songs.

The M Disc Vault stores up to Blu-rays and they can be networked together to accommodate larger libraries. Kaleidescapw remember reviewing the Kaleidescape Mini system and was surprised to find no manual included; once again this system came without a manual too.