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Great post, Tim and amazing set up. It will be tough to say goodbye to I'm sure.Back in 2018 I moved into a new home with an idea to "upgrade my stereo" from my Monitor Audio Radius 270, Arcam AVR360 and LG 65" OLED, which had and still, serves me well today since 2015 or so. (well the LG changed to the Samsung Q9FN that summer due to the brightness of the new living room and the Arcam became Onkyo TX-RZ830 for 4K, subsequently joined by an extra Lumagen 4242 )
Things rather somewhat snowballed... and the old dining room then became the dedicated movie and music room... which very quickly became "the Cinema room". I was then introduced to K in September 2018 and then it really did became quite the addiction...
Fast forward 3 years and now it is at version 3.0. It is beyond words visually and audibly. It has literally caused tears, tantrums and all sorts along the way but you can't help but smile when you use it. The best part is seeing others - particularly those that claim they are not bothered or cannot tell the difference - helplessly grin from ear to ear Even with everything off, its kinda like an awesome twist on a Cryo Chamber
I can say for certain, although it is amazing, I am not sure it is an adventure for everyone - monetary and commitment wise. I've ploughed everything and then some into this project - some of which I will likely never need to replace in effect - but I love film and music and its an amazing way to escape day to day existence.
Sad as it is to say finished and then tear it all down, I'm having to move house. Thankfully the individual buying the house wants to keep and use the cinema - I'm downgrading some aspects of it for them but the core will stay the same. I suspect they too will now end up being Kaleidescape customers
If - and surprisingly that's quite a big if - I was to do it again, I would definitely put in HVAC! It can get very warm, particularly with 4 people in there.
If I am fortunate enough to attempt a version 4.0 then I would hope to build it from scratch. Room in a room. With only the screen at the front and the AV equipment in a dedicated rack/server/projector room at the back. Time will tell on that one but one thing for sure, I won't ever be selling my Kaleidescape components
- Kaleidescape Encore 2xTerra 40TB, 3xStrato S 12TB, Strato 6TB, Strato C
- Kaleidescape Premiere 1U+ 30TB, 1U 12TB, 3xM500, 2xM300, 2xM700
- Kaleidescape 2 xCinema One 2nd Gen
- Sony VPL-VW760ES
- Storm Audio ISP MK2
- Storm Audio 2x PA8 Ultra MK2
- Pro-Ject Head Box DS2 B headphone amplifier
- Lumagen Radiance Pro 4446 (calibrated by the wizard Gordon )
- Ultimate Screens 133"
- 5x JBL SCL4 fronts, centre, side speakers
- 2x Klipsch THX-8000-S rear speakers
- 4x Klipsch PRO-180RPC Atmos speakers
- 2x REL Carbon Special subwoofers
- Focal Clear headphones
- PS Audio DirectStream DAC
- PS Audio Stellar Phono Preamp
- Technics SL-1210GAE 55th Anniversary Edition
- Xbox Series X & Xbox One X
- Sky Q
- Apple TV 4K
- Audioquest 2x Niagara 1200
- Audioquest Water, Husky, Angel, Red River, Carbon, Cinnamon, NRG Interconnects; Caps; Fog Lifters
- Audioquest SLiP, Chord Shawline and Black Rhodium Jive speaker cable
- IsoAcoustics Orea isolation pucks
- Starscape custom Star Ceiling
- BDI Corridor 8173 rack
- Ekornes Stressless Legend SC121 High Back seating
- Quadraspire SVT turntable shelf
- Philips Hue Lighting
- iPad & Logitech Harmony Elite controls
The 2 Stratos on the bench look like they have optical drives tooIt must be a reflection, but in the second picture, third rack from left, the top Strato (or is that a Terra?) looks like it has an optical drive.
BTW, it’s cool to see all of those components in one spot.
I love a good rack! Awesome stuff @TrackZ ! Most of my K kit resides in a NetShelter CX 18U Secure Soundproof Server Room in a Box Enclosure International - APC United Kingdom but it always feels a bit sad to hide it all away... definitely my inner geek coming through :-D
Ha, thanks! Yes, I'm trying to give the positive vibes about it on here but yeah, not easy at all... onwards and upwards and all that jazz...Great post, Tim and amazing set up. It will be tough to say goodbye to I'm sure.
You missed an important item off the Equipment List that I spotted in the pics though:
* Can of Stella
An essential part of the experience surely!
Yes I saw that Jim, but they were referring to the one in the rack. The ones on the bench also seem to have perfect optical drive shaped reflections. Reflections of what might have been perhaps!
Just to muddy the waters even more then, the ones on the table are actually Strato C players. Not only do they not have an optical drive, but they don't have any storage in them either.Yes I saw that Jim, but they were referring to the one in the rack. The ones on the bench also seem to have perfect optical drive shaped reflections. Reflections of what might have been perhaps!
My Humble little setup in my Man-cave:
K5000 Server 64Tb's storage (Amber lite because hot spare is too small)
M700 Vaults (2each)
Yamaha RX-A3060 Integrated Amp
Samsung 8500 4K Blue Ray Player
Sony VPL-VW600ES 4K / 3D Projector
Klipsch Palladium Center, Surround front Speakers
Klipsch Front & Surround aft Speakers
Bowers & Wilkens Sub-woofer
Various other Old School McIntosh, ADC, DBX, Marantz Analog Audio components driven into Klipsch Cornwall II speakers for my aural pleasures...
Last Friday a GTZ380 replaced the VW5000 and can't stop watching movies... 3D is amazing as well.
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Some pictures of the room, I will refrain from posting pics of my racks, they are a mess......
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Every possible Lego Star Wars that existed or exists…..some nice collector items in there, discontinued today. My son since he was 8 loved making them, he is 21 today and still does! They are all around the house…..So what are all the toys and models around the room? I see a Falcon, Star Destroyer, etc?
Every possible Lego Star Wars that existed or exists…..some nice collector items in there, discontinued today. My son since he was 8 loved making them, he is 21 today and still does! They are all around the house…..