Million Dollar Monday
Approximate Price: $27,000
We find more and more things to store on our computers as hard drive capacities continue to increase. Do you remember when computer games only took a few megabytes but now they take a few gigabytes! It isn’t a big deal because most desktop computers come standard with more than 100GB of disk space. Even with all of this space you will find yourself deleting files to clear up room if you are trying to store movies on your computer. That is where Kaleidescape saves the day.
It will be your media server and give you storage capacities up to 5.5TB! How much can you store with that much room? It will hold up to 825 DVD’s or 10,000 CD’s on the twelve 500GB disks that make this machine a media monster. If 5.5TB isn’t enough for you then you can network multiple servers together to give you the space you need.
If you didn’t want to shell out so much money initially then you can gradually expand your server to the 5.5TB. Kaleidescape makes this easy by using hot-swappable RAID drives which also provides a lot of reliability. If a drive fails then the server will not lose any of the movies or music because of having the RAID drives installed. Now you don’t have to worry about losing your database when that dreaded power outage occurs.
Kaleidescape Movie Player
The server is just for storing the movies and music so you have to have a way to get the media from the server. The movie player will let users retrieve music and movies from the Kaleidescape server and play them. Multiple people can be accessing the server at the same time to retrieve the movies from the server since they are only reading a file and not writing to it.
The movie player can be controlled by a Web-utility or by a remote control. It communicates with the server using an Ethernet cable. A big advantage of the movie player is that it can play either DVD movies or HD movies but the movies must be stored on the server because this does not have a DVD drive.
Kaleidescape Music Player
Okay, so you may think that having a music player is stupid if the movie player will already play music. You’re right in terms of playing music, but it also has the features of the Kaleidescape Reader (below) built into it. This means you can copy your DVD’s and CD’s to the server using this music player (the server doesn’t have a built-in media copier). It will take 8 minutes to copy a CD or 30 minutes to copy a DVD without compression.
Just like the movie player it can be controlled using a Web-utility or you can use a remote control. All you have to do is hook it up to the network via an Ethernet cable and you can start copying and playing music.
If you don’t want to get the music player above then you can get the Kaleidescape Reader which will copy your DVD’s and CD’s to the server. This box doesn’t do anything other than read the CD or DVD and send it to the server.
It can copy a CD in 8 minutes or a DVD in 30 minutes which is also the same as the music player. The server will automatically add any media to the library that is copied over.
The entire Kaleidescape System works seamlessly together so that you can get your entertainment no matter where you are in your house. They were clever when designing the whole system by making it all integrate together will little configuration needed.
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