Originally Posted by Steve Bruzonsky
I have a Terra Server 40TB and Strato C player.
I have lots of 4k discs for which Ultraviolet only transferred blu rays to Kaleidescape - probably 150 or so, and I have a Pioneer UDP- LX500 player for those, as well as for hundreds of blu rays which didn't have Ultraviolet and didn't transfer over. I've got a lot of concert blu ray discs and it would be especially nice to have them ported over to Kaleidescape.
So getting a used Alto and DV700 intriques me.
Re the Alto, the blu ray/dvd/CD player, my websearch indicates it has storage for about 100 blu rays. Is this correct? Is this storage only for movies purchased from Kaleidescape? Or can one rip blu ray discs using the DV700? What was the msrp of the Alto? In what year did the Alto come out as a product?
Re the DV700 disc vault: I understand it has storage for up to about 320 blu rays. For those blu rays which have digital offers I can pay the extra $$ fee and port those onto my Kaleidescape system. For those blu rays that do not have digital offers I can play them direct from the DV700. Is this correct? What was the msrp of the DV700? In what year did the DV700 come out as a product.
What about the M700 disc vault. What's the differences with the DV700 disc vault?
I understand that if I get the Kaleidescape CoStar than the Alto and DV700 blu rays will work with my existing Kaleidescape system. Is this correct? What is the msrp? If I play a blu ray via Alto or DV700 and its in the Kaleidescape system thanks to CoStar, can I then access everything simply using my Strato C player? Or do I have separate HDMI connections for Alto and DV700 to my Lumagen Radiance Pro? And I understand there's an upgrade to the Radiance Pro to work with CoStar - is this software only, at what msrp, or also hardware?
Originally Posted by JaremyP
Alto can have a 4TB or 6TB HD, I think. A 6TB Alto is quoted to hold ~200 HD movies. That would be for movies bought and downloaded from the store. The Alto will not import movies onto the hard drive from a DV700. It will directly play the disc from the DV700 though.
The DV700 holds 320 discs. For a movie in the store with disc-2-digital, you can insert the disc, get the digital offer, buy the movie usually at a reduced price, and now you own it in the store so you can disregard your disc. Note you can do this via the Alto's disc drive. Your ownership rights on Kaleidescape are exactly like you bought that movie normally. For movies you have on disc that are not in the store or do not have D2D available, you can leave those discs in the DV700 and play them directly.
The CoStar integrates the Alto and the Strato together so that you have a single UI across both parts of your Kaleidescape system. So you browse one, unified library. If you start playback on something off the Terra, your Strato C will play it. If you start playback of something stored on the Alto or in the DV700, then the Alto will play it. The CoStar will make all of that 100% seamless. No manual switching required.
You connect the Alto into the CoStar and the Strato into the CoStar. You would then go out of the CoStar into your Lumagen.
Regarding MSRPs, original shipping dates, and advanced details about the CoStar/Lumagen integration, I'm not sure. I'm also not 100% sure on if an M700 works the same way as a DV700, so I won't comment on that either.
Originally Posted by Tuning
The Alto is a discontinued product. I believe Alto was $3.5k. M700 and DV700 are similar from encore perspective, they are just 320 disc changers. If you had a premiere systems (1u or 3U server), then M700 is also a player that you can use to play movies from the server. BTW premiere system allows downloading Blu Ray movies from store as well as import from the vault. But the disks still need to be in the vault. I am not sure of the msrp for M700 or DV700.
The costar switch has 2 versions, one with hardware and one as a software for lumagen. If you use the hardware version, you will connect both your Strato c and alto/premiere player hdmi to a small component and an output goes to your receiver.
If you use lumagen version, then no separate component and u connect both Strato c and alto to your lumagen and your costar lumagen software license takes care of the rest. As far as I know both versions cost the same. Maybe around $700.
When u connect costar, you will see all movies and disks from both systems through your Strato c interface combined. If you select a movie on the alto or in the vault, the output will be through alto. But it’s all seamless to you and the switching is fast. You do not have to do anything else. When the movie is done, the regular Strato c interface is displayed. Very cool and efficient system.
Hope this answered your questions.
Thanks so much.
If I understand correctly, the Alto allows purchases from the K Store, and to play individual discs, but does not allow disc-to-digital purchase and storage on the Alto? Is this correct?
For disc-to-digital purchases for blu rays I already own, if the K Store has them, whats the upgrade price range that most discs cost, from $ to $$?
Once you have bought the disc-to-digital blu ray from the K Store, if there is a 4k version on the K Store of the same exact version of the movie, are you able to pay the extra price to upgrade to 4k?
Once I have purchased disc-to-digital blu ray from K Store, whether or not I take advantage of any further offer to upgrade for a price to a 4k version if available, and I then download the blu ray or 4k version to my Terra Server 40 TB instead of to the Alto?
I have my Terra Server 40 TB in my home office well away from my theater but hardwired into my theater via ethernet cable. Once my theater upgrade/renovation is done I will have my Strato C in my theater. I did this prior to taking down my theater and worked with no hiccups at all.
I have a 65" LG OLED way on the other side of my large home in the basement. If I was to put a Strato C in my basement, would it be able to access via wi-fi movies on the Alto hard drive, discs played in the Alto in my theater, or discs in the DV700 vault? Or would it only be able to access movies stored on my Terra Server 40 TB?