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OK now that that device is finally out of my home, I feel like I can be a bit more candid...
The Cinema One is far too expensive for the box you get. It's a plastic box! What's wrong with using aluminum? Whatever is in there—I figure it resembles a laptop's innards—requires a fan, and boots like a computer. Wouldn't an aluminum case act as a heat sink? Also, the lack of 3D support is disappointing. While Kaleidescape is a slick system, its pricing is way over the top considering what's out there these days.
Overall, while I can appreciate what Kaleidescape offers in terms of ease-of-use, the Cinema One sat on a shelf (unused) for two months, while I waited for the company to take back that demo unit. I'd rather bike to Best Buy and pick up a discount Blu-ray than wait three hours for a movie to download from the Kaleidescape store. More to the point, I suppose I'm spoiled by the instantaneous availability of Vudu HDX rentals and purchases, new HDX titles looks almost as good as Blu-ray and can sound quite decent. As a bonus, Vudu is much kinder to my monthly bandwidth allotment.
At the end of the day, a good quality streaming Blu-ray player with 3D capability costs about 5% of what a Cinema One costs and does more. It's hard for me to recommend a Kaleidescape system to anyone who doesn't have money to burn.
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