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As far as the specs go, this unit features a single-rack-unit design which allows for conserving physical space. It weighs a little more than 8 pounds and supports a range of audio formats including Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital, MPEG audio and more. Playback from the hard drive or network delivers true 4K Ultra HD, with bit rates up to 100 Mpbs and frame rates up to 60 fps, and the company promises “superb” upscaling of Blu-ray and DVD-quality content to 4K resolution. The box is compatible with popular control systems and universal remotes, and the Kaleidescape store has most anything a typical movie fan would want, from recent blockbusters to classics from the early 20th century.
In a letter this summer to dealers announcing this first shipments of the Strato S, Kaleidescape founder and CEO Cheena Srinivasan described the movie player as having a machined-aluminum enclosure, clean gloss-black bezel and gold-plated connectors. The company’s devices, he went on, offer users the only way to experience an Internet-delivered motion picture in “true 4K Ultra HD and lossless surround sound” that matches the best capabilities of a modern home cinema.
Let’s look at the technical specifications of the Strato S:
- 10TB (180 UHD, 330 Blu-ray, 1500 DVD quality)
- 100Mbps Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11ac
- IP, Crestron, AMX, Control4, Savant, Kaleidescape app
- HDMI 2.0a w/HDCP 2.2, HDMI 1.4 audio-only, digital coax & optical
- 480p to 2160p/60, 4:4:4 – 8-bit/60Hz, 12-bit/30Hz
- BT.601, BT.709, BT.2020
- SMPTE ST.2084, ST.2086
- Dolby Atmos and below, DTS:X and below
You can trace the company’s arrival to the point of releasing a product like this by going back to its beginning in 2001. Back then, DVDs were still a prevailing medium for video entertainment consumption, but the company’s leadership was already looking ahead to the inevitable – to putting those movies onto hard disks with tons of storage space. That led eventually to the launch of the Kaleidescape Store in 2013, the first such online store that let users download Blu-ray quality movies over the web.
The Kaleidescape Strato S offers the world’s finest and most enjoyable cinematic experience, at a level of precision that should have actual movie theaters shaking in their reclining leather seats
Installation of the Strato S is easy, with pretty straightforward on-screen setup and content management. This is a premium device offering premium video, meant to attract consumers who want something more immersive and a more dazzling picture than what you get via a typical streaming outlet. The Kaleidescape Movie Store is what especially helps sell this, since there’s something to please everyone here. Studios love it, because it does an end-run around discs which means no pirating of said discs. The discerning customer, of course, also likes it because with the Strato S they get downloads that are higher-than Blu-ray quality all in an easy-to-use, convenient package. Using the Strato’s interface is like grass-fed butter — it’s luxurious and smooth. The company’s complimentary iOS apps are also a great way to experience the Kaleidescape ecosystem without any fuss.
The Kaleidescape Movie Store is the world’s only source for movies with full-fidelity audio and video to match the capabilities of luxury home cinema equipment. The movie store offers a library of the finest content from Hollywood’s major movie studios, ranging from new releases to the gems from the past 100 years. The Kaleidescape Movie Store offers the best selection of 4K Ultra HD titles with high dynamic range support, and thousands of movies in full Blu-ray HD quality. These Blu-ray quality movies provide superb results when upscaled to 4K by the Strato.Both Blu-ray quality and 4K Ultra HD movies are available with lossless multichannel and object-based audio, including Dolby Atmos. The Kaleidescape Strato S offers the world’s finest and most enjoyable cinematic experience, at a level of precision that should have actual movie theaters shaking in their reclining leather seats.