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John Sciacca Posted: Aug 23, 2016 2 comments

PRICE $4,495 as reviewed

Unrivaled user interface
Terrific image quality including HDR10
Fast access times with no buffering
Excellent HDMI handling
Limited to content bought from Kaleidescape store
No Dolby Vision support

Strato serves up gorgeous, full UHD images using Kaleidescape’s unparalleled interface, with content delivered from the company’s store.

Editor's Note: As was reported over the weekend, Kaleidescape, the firm that virtually launched the at-home movie server after its founding in 2000 and survived many a fight with Hollywood and its copyright enforcers to survive and evolve through its 16 years, has officially shut down operations. Following is our review of the company's new Strato 4K movie player, originally scheduled for our October print issue. It is offered up early here with full understanding that the Strato may not be available for purchase or supported going forward.— Rob Sabin

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SV Staff Posted: Aug 23, 2016 0 comments
Is your Netflix consumption pushing your mobile data consumption past the cap? The company has new tool to help subscribers dodge overage charges.
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Aug 23, 2016 2 comments
Why does everyone suddenly hate the headphone jack?

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SV Staff Posted: Aug 23, 2016 1 comments
Vizio today announced enhancements to the SmartCast App it introduced earlier this year and announced that Google Play Movies & TV will be integrated into it.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 23, 2016 0 comments
LG is rolling out an upgrade for its webOS 3.0-enabled smart TVs called Channel Plus.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 22, 2016 5 comments
Kaleidescape, the company that pioneered the movie server category and waged an unsuccessful decade-long battle over the right to sell disc-ripping movie servers, has closed its doors.
SV Staff Posted: Aug 22, 2016 0 comments
HiFiMan today introduced a super compact audio player that plays files at resolutions up to 192 kHz/24-bit and supports all lossless file formats including DSD.
SV Staff Posted: Aug 22, 2016 1 comments
Whether it dates back to classic TV shows like My Favorite Martian who knows but levitating speakers are apparently a thing. We recommended the Om/One novelty speaker in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and now Taiwan-based ASWY has announced that it will unveil a prototype wireless home theater system with levitating speakers at IFA 2016 in Berlin, which opens September 4.
SV Staff Posted: Aug 22, 2016 0 comments
CD-based compact stereo systems were all the rage in the ‘90s. Virtually every big AV brand offered minisystems—as they were called—and a few of them were pretty good (and pricey).
Leslie Shapiro Posted: Aug 22, 2016 1 comments
It’s that time of year—when kids cringe and parents rejoice. The school bus armadas have begun. Little ones are heading back to school, but the whole family is heading back to the malls and online to load up on school supplies for the year. What tops the shopping list? Technology. What is the third most popular back-to-school technology purchase? Headphones. Bizarre, right?