Kaleidescape Mini
Kaleidescape has launched a more affordable 'Mini' version of its multiroom audio and video system

We were highly impressed with Kaleidescape's full-size multiroom home entertainment system when we saw it in action a couple of years ago, and now the company's unveiled a new, more affordable 'Mini' version for £6695 (40 per cent less than the cost of the full-size system).

The Kaleidescape Mini integrates a multi-zone system into a single component with its own remote control. It can store up to 75 DVDs or 825 CDs, and this can be expanded by adding more disk cartridges to 225 DVDs and 2500 CDs.

Content stored on the Mini is protected by Kaleidescape's RAID-K technology and need not be re-imported if the hard disk drive fails.

The system outputs video at 1080p, and comes with two additional music zones so movies can be watched in one room, while music is replayed to other rooms in the home.

Designed for easy installationAdditional Kaleidescape Mini movie players can be added to the system, at a cost of £1695 each, and a Blu-ray player is in development.

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Installation involves simply connecting the Mini system to a power socket, the internet and a TV or projector.

Once connected, you can browse all films and music stored on the system at the touch of a button, and select by title, actor, artist, director, genre, year of release or run-time.

High-resolution cover artwork is downloaded from the internet, making it even easier to select your favourite movies and music.

"Kaleidescape makes choosing a movie, TV show or album interesting and fun for the entire family," says Michael Malcolm, founder and CEO of Kaleidescape. "You no longer have the frustration of rummaging through discs to find what you want."