If you are passionate about sound & vision, you will have more than likely heard of the Kaleidescape brand name – and for good reason, they are a force to be reckoned within the movie server niche.
When everyone was using DVDs back in the early 2000s, Kaleidescape produced their first movie server which imported DVDs onto a number of hard drives. At the time, that was revolutionary, and Kaleidescape still continue to push the boundaries with Kaleidescape Strato 4K Ultra HD Movie Player. For a more detailed review, check out https://www.customcontrols.co.uk/kaleidescape-movie-servers-players/.
With this product, we believe the target audience is for high-end home cinema enthusiasts looking for a high quality, convenient and enjoyable way of storing, accessing and watching their purchased personal libraries of movies, as well as pre-recorded video content.
The Strato player we tested came to us loaded with a large library of 4K Ultra HD and Full HD 1080p movie. We also noticed that it came with some of the latest 4K/HDR releases.
The Strato is entirely capable of bit rates up to 100 Mbps. Kaleidescape’s Strato can deliver between 65 and 100 Mbps for video and for audio, 10 and 24.5 Mbps. To put this into some form of comparison, if you were to stream a current 4K UHD movie from Netflix for example, these titles average between 10 and 25 Mbps. Because of this rich information, we found that the picture quality was nothing like we had ever seen before – the detail was that incredible!
To really test the Strato’s metal, we tested its ability to upconvert lower resolution content, and we weren’t to be disappointed. The signals that arrived onto the display were bit-perfect and we found that there was no needless additional artifacts, banding or colorization to be seen.
In terms of the sound quality, we found it to be clear with excellent tonality for music, along with incredible moving bass and clear dialog for movies.
When it comes to watching your favourite movies, we believe the Kaleidescape Strato is truly the best 4K Ultra HD source device we’ve used. The picture and sound quality is certainly worth the investment and it is ideal to be used as part of a home cinema system.
Have you used the Kaleidescape Strato 4K Ultra HD Movie Player? Let us know how you found it! If you wish to learn more about installing a home cinema, you may wish to check out https://www.customcontrols.co.uk/home-cinema-installation/, who are the UK’s leading home cinema installation specialists.