They say that going to the cinema is all about the enriching communal experience of watching films with others, but when I'm surrounded by chatty cretins munching down on Pringles and chugging a bucket sized coke I can't suppress my…
I’ve slightly fallen in love with the Kaleidescape Mini System. I’d say my girlfriend would be upset if I brought it home but then she’d probably fall in love with it too. We could have some sort of beautiful endless threesome – me, Jenny and luxurious home entertainment system full of 1.5TB worth of 1080p upscaled DVD movies and CDs. We wouldn’t care for the way others would judge our tripple love. We would never leave home again.
The way it works is that you give them £6,695 plus VAT and you get a machine that rips anything you can stick in its optical drive. Now, I’m not going to say that this latest box beauty from Kaleidescope is cutting edge. It’s isn’t. It won’t import Blu-rays and, despite there being an Ethernet port, there is no option of downloading content to store from the internet. How dangerous would that be?
Both are, of course, on the Kaleidescape road map for the near future but until then, you’ll just have to settle for a fantastically silent running, wonderfully crafted, free standing server that’ll store between 75-225 DVDs or 825-2,500 CDs depending on how many cartridges you opt for.
Films are imported in around 20 mins and CDs five or six. Not so much a byte is compressed and, even though all the information is taken from each disc, when you press play it skips all the trailers, ads and nonsense and starts at the beginning of the film. Luxury.
It is possible to connect each one to up to 15 zones about your house/hotel but it does all have to be wired, so you’d better hope you’re living in a new build.
The Kaleidescape Mini System is a must for rich film fans and a dream for the rest of us. It may not sound like anything wildly new but there’s an incredible sense of style about the way everything is done from the menus to the quality of the image output. To sum it up in six words – I want, I want, I want.
Assuming you’ve still got some cash left after forking out on all that home cinema gear, consider installing it on Spectral’s latest furnishing masterpiece rather than plonking it on some home-assembly tat from MFI.
Spectral GB’s Catena cabinets offer maximum support for flat screen TVs on a pivoting T-mount, while all the other hi-fi components can be stored alongside. There’s plenty of room for DVDs, CDs, Blu-rays, as well…
In stark contrast to the ugly ugly speakers we saw earlier, this all-in-one audio unit is considerably prettier. All-in-one isn’t an empty promise, either. It’s got an iPod dock, a CD player, FM radio, speakers, and a clock radio. Basically, sit this on your bedside table and you’ll never be wanting of audio entertainment ever again…
Europeans own a lot of expensive home entertainment equipment but don’t know how to use it properly, according to a recent survey conducted by Logitech.
In nearly a quarter of European households, only one person fully knows how to control these gizmos, leading to the production of home-made “cheat sheets” to tell other members how to operate them.
Of those surveyed, nearly half said they had five or more remote control units, with nearly nine in ten people having three or more. Think how long it must take to find that lot down the back of the sofa.
After the prediction that Web TV will take off in 2008 comes research that suggests online video will account for 8% of home entertainment revenue in the US, and 7% in Western Europe, by 2011.
An analyst for Understanding & Solutions, Mai Hoang, says that momentum for online video is growing, predicting that, “multiple formats will coexist in the future, and no one format will control the home entertainment landscape, quite unlike the domination of DVD since the demise of VHS.”