For those who love cinema and access to the best available version of their favourite films, it is very hard to find a better option than the movie players and movie servers offered by Kaleidescape. That level of access and performance comes with a rather steep price but you would be hard pressed to find an ultra high-performance dedicated home theater that doesn’t use one of their products.

We have first hand experience with their products and all of us would own one of their movie servers and players if our budgets stretched that far. Products like the new 96TB and 72TB versions of the Terra Prime movie servers are designed for movie collectors like EIC Ian White who owns close to 4,000 films on DVD, Blu-ray and UHD 4K Blu-ray.

The Kaleidescape system offers several movie server and player products that work in conjunction with an online store where you can rent or purchase movies (prices vary) in DVD, Blu-ray, or UHD Blu-ray video quality (including HDR), along with access to advanced audio (Dolby Atmos/DTS:X) and access to all the special features you might find on a disc version. 

Kaleidescape Movie Select Screen

Kaleidescape also offers a Disc-to-Digital program, to assist customers with transitioning their DVD and Blu-ray disc collections to digital on Kaleidescape. This provides an opportunity for disc collectors to enjoy the benefits of the Kaleidescape ecosystem without having to repurchase every movie at full price.  

New Terra Prime Movie Servers

To further solidify its Terra Prime series, Kaleidescape has announced its largest server so far, the Terra Prime 96TB. Parallel to that announcement the company is also offering up a new Terra Prime 72TB movie server. The Terra Prime 96TB and 72TB servers replace the current 88TB server.

Tip: The Terra Prime 72TB server is an upgrade from the previous Terra 72TB server.

Core features of the Kaleidescape Terra Prime Movie Server product line include:

  • All-new board design, faster processing power, and a faster network.
  • 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Enterprise-class hard disk drives
  • Storage options for approximately 1,600 (96TB), 1,200 (72TB), 800 (48TB), 350 (22TB), or 130 (8TB) 4K UHD movies
  • Download a Kaleidescape high-bitrate 4K UHD movie in as little as eight minutes (provided you have very high-speed internet – contact Kaleidescape for details).
  • Distributes up to five simultaneous playback streams (compact models)
  • Distributes up to 10 simultaneous playback streams (full-size models)
  • Movies can be downloaded on up to five systems; perfect for multiple residences
  • Custom rack mounts are sold separately
Kaleidescape Terra Prime Movie Server Rear

The full-size Terra Prime HDD 96TB stores approximately 1,600 Kaleidescape high-bitrate 4K movies, and the 72TB stores roughly 1,200 Kaleidescape fidelity 4K movies.

Other Kaleidescape Movie Server Options

As a comparison, the Kaleidescape Prime 48TB server can store approximately 800 Kaleidescape 4K movies, the compact Terra Prime HDD 22TB stores approximately 350 4K movies, and the 8TB can store roughly 130 4K UHD movies. 

Kaleidescape also offers Terra Prime 31TB and 8TB Solid-State (SSD – Solid State Driver) models are ideal for marine and state-of-the-art installations that are enabled with 2.5 gigabit Ethernet or higher and require multiple playback zones. 

Kaleidescape Terra Prime 72TB Movie Server

Comparison

Terra Prime 96TB Terra Prime 72TB
MSRP $26,995 $20,995
Dimensions (WHD) 17.0×3.5×10.0 in (43.2×8.9×25.4 cm) 17.0×3.5×10.0 in (43.2×8.9×25.4 cm)
Weight 15.4 lbs (7.0kg) with no drives installed
21.6 lbs (9.8kg) with four hard drives
15.4 lbs (7.0kg) with no drives installed
21.6 lbs (9.8kg) with four hard drives
Fan Drive Noise (Typical) 29 dB(A) 29 dB(A)
Power Consumption (MAX) 48W 48W
Power Consumption (Typical) 43W 43W
External Power Adapter 2.6×1.4×6.5in (6.6×3.5×16.5cm)

150W with detachable line cord 100-240V, 50-60Hz universal input 12VDC @ 12.5A

2.6×1.4×6.5in (6.6×3.5×16.5cm)

150W with detachable line cord 100-240V, 50-60Hz universal input 12VDC @ 12.5A

Storage Four removable 24TB, 18TB, or 12TB hard drives (96TB, 72TB, or 48TB total) 96TB configuration:
~1,600 4K movies
~2,600 HD movies
~14,400 SD movies
72TB configuration:
~1,200 4K movies
~1,950 HD movies
~10,800 SD movies
Rack Mount (Sold Separately) Rack shelf available for mounting one unit in a 19-inch rack, 2RU space Rack shelf available for mounting one unit in a 19-inch rack, 2RU space

From Tayloe Stansbury, chairman & CEO of Kaleidescape: “Kaleidescape continues to innovate, delivering hardware improvements and frequent automatic software updates, to enrich customers’ movie-watching experience…These new servers enable customers to build robust libraries encompassing movies, TV series, and concerts with lossless audio and full reference video.” 

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Tip: For a comparison of the rest of Kaleidescape’s Terra Prime movie servers  (including pricing), refer to our previous article: Kaleidescape’s New Terra Prime Movie Servers Support 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet Transfer Speeds.

Where to Buy

Kaleidescape movie servers are available at Dreamedia and other authorized online retailers or dealers in your area.  

Tip: If you are assembling a system from scratch for your home theater setup, a local authorized dealer can give you the best advice. 

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