Originally Posted by Steve Bruzonsky
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I've been accused of beating on Kaleidescape in the past, so have tried to quit posting negative stuff about K on this thread, but when I see an announcement like Steve posted, I get all riled up.
All of what is claimed in the above announcement can be had without a Kaleidescape. I have automated masking, automated lighting, a picture wall of my movies broken down the way I want them to be (which K was not able to easily do), I am 100% disc-less (which K can not do), 100% of my movies immediately have the best audio possible (which K does not do). And I have physical backup of every movie on my server. With K, I get digital copy back up of some of my movies (which, by definition, provides compromised audio and video). All at a cost of about 1/6th the price of the equivalent K system. The K equivalent would include the Strato ($4500) and at least 24TB of storage ($10,000). I have $1800 invested in my NAS (33TB), $150 in my Nvidia Shield player, and $300 in two drives that allow me to rip my 4K stuff.
My DIY solution is not for the masses, and there are a very few features that are easier to do on the K system than mine ("scenes" being the most important to me).
I get why K doesn't "pre-announce", but the thing I find the most annoying is that everything
is the studios fault. And maybe that is true but K should have investigated and understood the issues prior to abandoning the strategy they had with the DV700 and Alto. With that strategy and hardware, I could have physical backup, if K didn't have the studio, I could use the physical disc in the DV700 and if they didn't have the proper audio track, I could put the disc with the proper audio track in the DV700.
I once had a boss tell me: "Don't let your problem become my problem" and that is EXACTLY what K has done.
There was once a time not long ago that if K could have fixed a few of their major shortcomings, I would have 100% re-invested. That is no longer true. I can rip a movie in the same or less elapsed time that I can download it from K, and typical pay less for the movie. But the thing that insures that I would never go back is I now have 100% physical backup of every movie I own. If all of my movies were purchased from the K store and K went under, I then am left with, at best, digital copies of some of my movies. I got burned when I sold my K system on those movies I had purchased from the K store and had to re-purchase them. I will not allow that to happen to me again.