Originally Posted by Greg_R
You need to re-read the article... the system is a complete home automation solution (lights, sound, video, heat, security, etc.).The Sony system is a complete home automation solution with modular components (including racks, sources, distribution amps and switches) & programming. This encompasses more than a Kaleidescape system does and is targeted toward the <$100k whole-house install. Kaleidescape is for the no-holds barred solution and would likely be teamed with >$100k systems and a full-custom integration solution (which would cost another large chunk of money).
I realize that the system does more than just distribute DVD's and music, but how much more is the question. The main component, the HC-500, retails for only $1,500 as noted here: http://www.cepro.com/article/control...me_controller/
Also, the article says, "Keypads and touch panels can be added on
as can lighting, temperature controls and a local zone controller for on-screen navigation zones." So it appears that those aren't included with the system.
That said, I feel sorry (actually I don't) for the naive person that spends 85K on a decked out system, only to find out that the only 1 zone can play a DVD on the changer, thereby rendering the other 11 HD video zones useless for wanting to watch any of the other 399 disks on that changer.
The idea is good, but without better source components, having a 12X12 HD video system seems like needless overkill. I think Control 4 would have been much better off trying to partner with Kaleidescape or Niveus that have far superior capabilities for multi-room access to media.