Sunnyvale, CA — Kaleidescape Inc. is now shipping its Mini System — the company’s first product to integrate a complete multi-zone Kaleidescape System into a single component, and the first to include a remote control.
The Mini System’s design was created to blend into a living room, and it installs as easily as an ordinary DVD player. Priced about 40-percent less than the current Kaleidescape System, the Mini System is affordable and well-suited for a variety of projects.
The Mini System can be expanded by adding Players for other rooms in the home, by adding Servers to accommodate a growing media collection, or by adding other Mini Systems to do both. The Mini System has a movie zone and two additional built-in music zones to provide “whole-house entertainment” out-of-the-box. Significant price reductions also have been made for the 1080p Player, 1080p Mini Player, and Disk Cartridges for the 1U, 3U, and 5U Servers.
The Mini System is available immediately at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price starting at $7,995 in the United States, and includes a standard one-year limited warranty. Price reductions on the 1080p Player, 1080p Mini Player and Disk Cartridges for the 1U, 3U and 5U Servers are effective March 16, 2009, and their new MSRPs in the United States are $2,995, $1,995 and $995 respectively.
Stores Up To 225 DVDs or 2,500 CDs
The base Mini System stores up to 75 DVDs or 825 CDs and can be expanded by adding Disk Cartridges to store up to 225 DVDs or 2,500 CDs, or any equivalent combination. Content stored on a Mini System is protected by Kaleidescape’s RAID-K technology, and need not be re-imported if a hard disk drive fails.
The Mini System creates high-definition output from DVDs, providing a viewing experience that rivals Blu-ray. The Mini System adapts its video processing to the type of content being viewed, and its 10-bit 4:4:4 color processing renders accurate colors, natural skin tones and nuanced shadows. Motion adaptive deinterlacing produces crystal clear video with smooth motion.
Two Additional Music Zones
Along with the 1080p movie zone, the Mini System includes two more independent music zones so that a movie can be watched in one room while music is enjoyed in other parts of the home.
DVD/CD Playback from Disc
A DVD or CD need not be imported into a Mini System in order to enjoy it with the Kaleidescape Experience. High resolution cover art and other details are displayed whenever a DVD is inserted. Select Play to directly start the movie or television show without trailers and advertisements — even for rented DVDs!
The Mini System is designed to install easily by connecting it to power, the Internet and a television display. With the included Kaleidescape remote, it’s ready for immediate use. It is shipped configured as a free-standing component, but it can be adapted for rack-mounting with the included kit.
The Mini System works with other Kaleidescape products so that your System can grow to handle a collection of thousands of DVDs and CDs and a home of any size. Additional Kaleidescape Players, including the forthcoming Blue-Laser Player, can provide more movie and/or music playback zones, and additional Kaleidescape Servers can provide more storage capacity. Additional Mini Systems can increase both the number of playback zones and the amount of storage capacity.