Originally Posted by lockdown571
No, I don't think any such service exists the provides the same quality and ease of use as kaleidescape. The Apple TV 4K with iTunes Movies or Vudu will provide ease of use very good quality, but video bitrate is obviously not as high and there is no lossless audio. You can obtain the same (maybe better?) quality ripping UHD blu-rays yourself. With devices like the Shield and Apple TV 4K, the client side of things can be very easy to use with an attractive interface (see Plex, Infuse, MrMC, etc.). You can also buy a NAS off the shelf that is easy to use. The less friendly part is ripping the actual discs, which if you want to do it right involves ripping the main video and audio tracks into an MKV and (probably the most annoying part) selecting forced subtitles appropriately. MyMovies has been around forever that automates most of this, but it still won't be as convenient as Kaleidescape (although it is a hell of a lot less expensive).
Thanks Lockdown, what you've said makes a lot of sense. I tend to lean a little towards Apple products (e.g. Apple TV 4K) because of the reliability factor unless the Shield has better performance and reliability. My objective is to have a perfect lossless MKV file based on 1:1 copy for all my 1080p and 4K blu ray discs so that my entire library is immediately accessible for playback via a nice interface.
1. The Apple TV 4K or Shield would be connected via HDMI to my processor, so that the processor can deal with all the sound formats including Atmos - is this possible ?
2. Do both devices handle switching between colour space settings ? Tone-mapping and the ability to get it right is still a pain. I am hoping that my projector will be capable of automatically selecting the right colour profile and luminance settings internally with future firmware upgrades. Do you have any idea if Kaleidescape has resolved this issue ?
3. What is the best way to RIP discs in a painless manner without having to invest a ton of money ?
4. I don't really need a network drive (NAS), a big fast and cost effective USB3 drive connected directly to the media player would be fine. Although, the idea of a NAS accessible everywhere in the house is attractive. Would it work on 802.11AC wireless infrastructure in your opinion ?
What about products like Dune HD and Zappiti - any good ? or do they offer any added benefit ?