At CEDIA last week, Kaleidescape launched the “entry-level” and compact Terra 12 terabyte movie server ($7,995), due to start shipping this month.

“This product was designed for customers eager to invest in the Kaleidescape experience but not ready to commit to a larger movie server like the Terra 48 or the recently announced Terra 72,” said Tayloe Stansbury, CEO, Kaleidescape. “The Terra 12 gives new customers the same experience as the larger servers, with similar download speeds and performance, while allowing them the flexibility to add playback zones and grow their movie collection over time.”

The Terra 12 can download 4K movies in as little as 10 minutes on a gigabit internet connection, and any number of $2,995 Strato C players for multi-room applications can be added.

Atlantic Inc. has introduced SOUNDFIX sound-absorbing acoustical panels, a “simple” DIY solution to minimize echoes, reverberation, and unwanted noise in home theaters and other spaces. The Italian-made panels are constructed from commercial-grade materials, include a limited lifetime warranty, and come in in three different kits: $594.98 for a 5-pack, $1079.98 for a 10-pack and $1,494.98 for a 15- pack. All are available online in silver gray or white color options from Sam’s Club.

“SOUNDFIX panels instantly transform a room’s acoustics. To hear the dramatic difference watch this Live Demo Video,” remarked Mike Dardashti, President of Atlantic’s Acoustic Products Division.

Atlantic says the panels are UL Class A fire rated, made from recyclable materials and are environmentally friendly. Measuring 43 by 17 inches, each panel is 0.8 inches thick and weighs 2 lbs. Collectively they promise to “outperform foam and felt panels in every way”. SOUNDFIX panels can be mounted easily with included brackets and an installation video.

 

 

 

 

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Thanks as always, Martin. The Kaleidescape value to appeal proposition is lost on me but DIY acoustic panels available from a mainstream merchant like Sam's Club sounds very interesting. Will definitely be looking into this further.
 

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I love the idea of Kaleidascape. It looks like a great product with a great UX and a super easy online store. It’s why I built an HTPC, and would love to have instead a rock-solid commercial product where getting a new movie is a 10 minute download and not 2 hours of geeky disc-ripping.

But wow it’s terrible that this is the only retail product for this market, and its pricing has to be (literally) luxury super yacht $$$ because of the movie industry.

Even if I could get behind the idea of an “entry level” server at $8000, I can’t fathom additional client boxes costing $3000 each! For the capability of a $50 Roku stick?

To their credit, they’ve found a niche that works and keeps the company making money and so continuing to support the customers.
 

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I remember some rumblings awhile back about Kaleidascape considering a more mainstream, affordable model with the hopes of making up for the lower entry cost in overall volume. I would strongly consider such an option if it ever materialized. Our current environment seems like a perfect test bed for it too.
 

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I could buy into the idea of a "bring your own NAS" model for this where you just need a front-end player/ripping box to lower cost. If they offered it at a price point closer to $2500 I'd be all in.