After the recent addition of Crestron to the Pulse Cinemas portfolio of products, it has been decided that the showroom here in Stansted would benefit from a number of necessary updates and improvements. These will include a new graphical interface of the Crestron programmes, introduction of the very latest Crestron equipment and a rewire of the racks that hold every piece of equipment powering the facility.
As you can imagine, running dealer events and demonstrations during this time will be challenging; so it has been decided that the demo rooms at our HQ will be closed from 28th November, when update work will commence. They will open again on 19th December. Any dealers wishing to experience any of the demonstration areas are advised to book meetings ASAP.
I hope that, like us, you are excited by the prospect of Pulse Cinemas offering the most advanced and impressive demonstration area anywhere in Europe.
Our recent additions to the 3rd floor media room, which will include a flex style cinema, will commence around the same time; with invitations landing in the new year.
Our promise to you; after a short disruption to our demonstration areas, things are going to get a lot better at Pulse Cinemas HQ.
The Pulse Team
EXCLUSIVE: @CrestronInt appoints @PulseCinemas as official reseller ce-pro.eu/2016/11/23082/ #avtweeps
Ce Pro can exclusively reveal that Crestron has appointed Pulse Cinemas as an official trade supplier of its residential products in the UK.
Pulse says the relationship was already a close one as its team have years of experience in dealing with Crestron and of demonstrating its range and functionality at the company’s impressive Stansted showroom.
The Crestron range is available to order now from the company, however Mike Beatty, company MD, explains: “Our experienced team of technicians are currently undergoing some intense training to ensure the service offered to dealers delivers at the level expected, or better still, exceeds it.
“Pulse Cinemas has long been known for offering UK dealers unparalleled service and support on a host of AV brands. After today’s announcement, we can boast that our dealers are now able to enjoy Crestron control, delivering a complete solution for all things cinema.”
Technical director at the company, Kapes Patel, adds: “We are delighted to add Crestron to our already impressive range of products and services. Pulse Cinemas has always acted patiently in acquiring additional complementary brands and waiting for what we consider to be the very best control system was no different.
“We are incredibly proud that Crestron have appointed our team to represent their brand and look forward to a long a mutually beneficial relationship.”
Pulse confirms it will be able to supply and support any part of the Crestron product range deemed suitable for the projects it is assisting dealers with.
To reflect the new relationship, the Pulse Cinemas Stansted facility is currently undergoing a major Crestron update to provide installers and their customers with a clear idea of what Crestron control will be able to bring to the cinema experience. Pulse expects the facility to be up-graded by the end of the year.
Commenting on the announcement, Matthew Buck, sales manager of Crestron UK & Ireland, says: “We are absolutely delighted to announce our partnership with Pulse Cinemas, their wealth of experience with prestigious cinema installations and beyond makes them the perfect partner.”
Official invitations to experience another new part of the Pulse set up will also be sent out on completion of the second-floor media room, currently under construction. Always part of the plan since moving to the new facility, this area will offer the chance to see and experience ‘flex’ style cinemas for those dealers with clients unable to spare the space for a dedicated cinema or for those who prefer experiencing their cinema in their main living area. This new part of the facility is expected to be ready early in the New Year.
Dealers wanting to know more should contact Kapes Patel or speak to any of the Pulse Cinemas team.
Dear Kaleidescape Stakeholder,
On August 19, Kaleidescape temporarily ceased operations because we ran out of money. As the news spread, we were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our shareholders, employees, suppliers, other luxury A/V component manufacturers, the major motion picture studios, distributors, dealers, and (most importantly) our customers. Our customers passionately communicated their desire for us to continue providing the very best platform for movie playback.
Our team at Kaleidescape became energized and inspired to continue this journey. We spent the past 16 years carefully building a valuable technology, excellent products, and a highly respected brand in the worldwide custom channel. Our customers and dealers told us that Kaleidescape is the only luxury movie experience for the home, and they do not want to go back to watching movies from discs and streaming services.
We are delighted to announce that we have restarted operations. We restructured the company, slashed expenses, and obtained the investment needed (with no change of control). We are manufacturing and shipping a significant backlog of products that were ordered during the past two weeks. We are confident that our restructuring combined with this new investment will enable Kaleidescape to quickly return to growth and profitability.
Kaleidescape's stumble began last October when we launched the Kaleidescape Strato movie player. We made the mistake of pre-announcing software features that were not finished. One of those features – Blu-ray disc support for the Strato player – was a monstrous project that required certain critical software components from third-party suppliers. When third-party schedules slipped, we applied more of our own engineering resources to compensate, but we simply did not have enough engineering resources to remove schedule uncertainty and finish Strato's Blu-ray disc support in a reasonable period of time. Because almost all of our engineering resources were focused on this Blu-ray project, other features we had promised for Strato were delayed, including HDR, Terra support for large numbers of players, DVD playback, and playback from a Premiere system. Strato is an amazing award-winning product, even without these additional software features. Unfortunately, we created the perception that Strato was an unfinished product, and our sales suffered accordingly.
The "new Kaleidescape" will take on fewer projects, and we will not pre-announce a product or feature until it is completed – especially if completion depends on a third party.
Kaleidescape will continue to sell and support both Premiere and Encore products. We expect to release kOS 7.3 in the near future, without Blu-ray disc support for Strato. It will include HDR playback, Terra support for large numbers of players, and Strato playback of DVD discs from a Disc Server. A number of HDR movies will become available in the movie store at that time.
We have decided to focus our precious development efforts on forward-looking technologies that will enable our movie store to offer even more titles, with even higher quality, in earlier release windows. To enable our engineers to focus on these exciting new technologies, we have re-prioritized Blu-ray disc support for Strato, which we hope to introduce in a 2017 release of kOS.
We wish to thank all those who have shown us their support, and helped us to achieve this positive outcome.
Please email me directly if you have any questions relating to the "new Kaleidescape."
Cheena Srinivasan, CEO
After reading Kaleidescape's official announcement, we are delighted to announce that the doors have reopened and business can now continue!
In our previous press release we expressed how confident we were that a solution would be found. The immediate outpouring of positive comments from dealers and clients from across the world, filled us with optimism.
Kaleidescape, a brand with pedigree, performance and unrivalled user interface would surely find the much needed injection to help them continue on their quest for audio visual perfection.
Today, Kaleidescape announced that offers of investment have continued throughout the week and the company has selected its investors based on their love for the brand and all it stands for.
More news will follow shortly, but for now the industry should rejoice in the news that Kaleidescape is back on track.
Pulse Cinemas has recently announced a new deal to supply and support the Digital Projection brand into the UK market. The home cinema specialist spills the beans on its involvement with this top end cinema brand.
The news of Kaleidescape shutting its doors this weekend was as much of a shock to Pulse Cinemas, as I know it was to you all.
We have always been an optimistic company, focused on our successes and aiming to achieve positive outcomes.
After reading Cheena's comments below and knowing that no other product comes remotely close to offering the performance and user experience that Kaleidescape does, we are filled with confidence that a solution and investment could still be found.
“We want to make sure the beautiful work we’ve done doesn’t go to waste. The world deserves to see how close to the finish line we were.”
— Cheena Srinivasan, Kaleidescape CEO
In our opinion, potential new investors and the critical decisions that clearly need to be made in the coming weeks, will be instrumental in the outcome of this challenging phase of Kaleidescape's history.
Pulse Cinemas has always made diligent decisions when it comes to business and protecting our investment. We'd like to reassure our customers that our own finances are in extremely good shape, due to our incredibly strong product portfolio.
Information and assurances regarding the immediate future, any possible user interruptions and of course news regarding open orders of Kaleidescape products, will be answered once we've spoken to the owners this week.
Thank you for your continued support for Pulse Cinemas and our portfolio of incredible AV brands.
Pulse Cinemas has announced today that they will be providing the Sales, PR and Marketing activities for Digital Projection within UK and Ireland for the Custom Install Market. Digital Projection is a UK based company, employing over 175 staff around the world and synonymous with offering solutions to some of the most impressive commercial and professional installations worldwide.
Commenting on the recent agreement, Iain Ambler, Sales Manager UK and Ireland, stated he was ‘thrilled to be working with Pulse Cinemas and producing a range of projectors for their network of performance hungry dealer/installers, fills the company with excitement’.
'We have been heavily focused on producing the very finest projectors for commercial and professional applications for decades. Working with the experienced Pulse Cinemas team will mean our portfolio and future focus will now include a range specifically for installers around the world, offering the very best solutions for both dedicated cinema and flex cinema applications.
Pulse Cinemas are best known for supporting some of the UK's finest dealer/installers, offering supply and generous support to this regularly awarded group.
They include CEDIA accredited Cinema installers, that have patiently waited for Pulse to find a suitable projector range, capable of delivering the performance and pedigree necessary for their demanding audience.
Pulse Cinemas’ managing director, Mike Beatty has announced that Pulse has worked, and will continue to work, closely with the very talented team at Digital Projection, to offer its network of dealer/installers a projector solution, that not only offers the stunning picture quality expected, but also the marketing and PR needed to attract further business in the cinema arena.
Mike also commented 'Our Cinema Installer Finder, which is currently being developed behind the scenes at Pulse, will give clients the details of those dealers offering only the very best cinema performance, which will, of course, include those installing and supporting Digital Projection. 'In my opinion, it is a very exciting time for both companies. Digital Projection is the eagerly awaited element, missing from our impressive portfolio for the past 9 months.'
Pulse Cinemas will be launching the products at its HQ in Stansted in Sept and will also be offering its dealer/installers the opportunity to visit the impressive Manchester facilities of Digital Projection. During your visit, Pulse are convinced that those looking to offer only the best projector performance, will experience why this range is a ‘must have’ addition for all of their home cinema requirements.
Ian Bolt from Custom Sight & Sound, commented when hearing of the addition to the Pulse portfolio 'We are delighted to hear that Digital Projection is now being looked after by the guys at Pulse Cinemas. We are convinced that the passion of both companies will result in Digital Projection becoming a must have addition to any quality Cinema installation where performance is key'.
Guy Singleton from Imagine This, was quick to respond offering Pulse his 'congratulations and support on what he thought was the missing ingredient to an otherwise faultless roster of AV equipment'.
Contact Pulse Cinemas to learn more about what seems to be a very warmly welcomed piece of news.
Known of course for its high-quality cinemas, Pulse is now offering installers access to and support on a range of lighting and ambient light control, not only to complement any cinema, but also the whole house.
To tackle the challenges of dealing with both artificial and ambient light, Pulse has two divisions; Lighting Fixtures, Design and Control, with the second being Automated Blinds and Shades.
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FEATURE LAURA CROMBIE
For the luxury home that already has generous entertaining spaces, a guest bedroom suite and home gym, next on the list of ‘must haves’ is a home cinema.
Ask any serious integrator what is at the top their 2160p wish list and the answer most probably will be more UHD content. After all, with a distinctive lack of it around, why would anyone want to invest much money in the latest and greatest hardware?
Enter the award-winning Kaleidescape Strato, which bills itself as the world's first and only 4K Ultra HD HDR movie player. Inside CI recently took delivery of this shinny UHD box and put it through its paces. Is this really the content solution we’ve all been waiting for?
Read the full Review at: http://www.insideci.co.uk/reviews/kaleidescape-strato-4k-movie-player-review.aspx