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£1,532
pledged of £250,000pledged of £250,000 goal
5
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, January 21 2016 2:17 PM UTC +00:00

About

Plato is an 'All in One' system, with an unrivalled set of capabilities, integrating HiFi amplification, together with media recording and streaming around the home. Allied to this Plato has been designed to fit in any modern home – no knobs or dials. Plato has an attractive design and is operated by a tablet or mobile phone with its own Android (iOS with your support in Kickstarter) controller app, or by direct interaction with the unit’s touch screen display. So with Plato you have access to all of your media, whether music or video, at the touch of an icon on your tablet. Key product features include:

 • Unique Hi Res audio recording capability from Vinyl, cassette and CD. Just listen to your music and Plato will automatically record it and store it on its 2TB hard drive. We are not aware of any solution globally that makes recording your vinyl in Hi Res as simple and as easy as Plato.

• Audio stored on the hard drive can then be streamed to different UPnP devices and speakers around the home – multiple streams of different music can be played back at the same time. Plato can also stream media files stored on UPnP compliant NAS devices to either its own amplifier or other UPnP devices (e.g. Wireless speaker or Smart TV)

• Previously archived videos can be imported and stored on Plato’s hard drive using a simple Import function. These can then be viewed and streamed around the home to different Smart TV’s and tablets. Different movies can be viewed simultaneously on different devices from media held on Plato’s hard drive. Videos can also be accessed in the same way as audio files from network attached storage (NAS) devices. 

• Plato’s integrated amplifier has been widely recognised by the HiFi industry as being a high-class design. The pre-amplifier includes a Phono stage, which can be configured for Moving Magnet and Moving Coil cartridges. We are very proud of the audio capabilities of Plato.

• Plato offers an unprecedented level of integration. Indeed, if you took all of the capabilities of Plato and reproduced them with a “separates” system, it would cost at least double the amount that Plato can be purchased for at UK RRP. 

• Plato is built on the Android Platform and our software skills are all in-house. So firmware updates and feature enhancements will be automatically deployed, and are very easy to install when they become available, ensuring your investment is protected for many years to come.

Why Kickstarter?

Kickstarter will give Entotem the chance to build a 115V electrical version of our custom-built power supply for Plato with all the necessary safety sign offs. Kickstarter funding will also allow Entotem to fast track their iOS app development programme to bring the same functionality to iOS devices as with Android devices. This will allow greater access to Plato around the home. Kickstarter will also allow Entotem to develop a new Plato Lite version (see pledge details) to customers and get your feedback to the widening of the product range. We can then offer USA and Canadian customers the chance to share in the Plato experience and provide us with feedback and comment to help us develop further product features in the future.

What is the progress to date of Plato?

Plato has been designed and built from a blank sheet of paper in 2.5 years and progress has been the greatest over the last 10 months. Plato’s prototype was launched at the UK sound and Vision Show in February 2015, to great acclaim and immediately winning the shows’ Innovation Award. Since then Entotem have installed the full production line and processes at their Head Office in Derby and have been producing Plato units since September 2015 for sale in the UK and Germany. R&D has continued at the development office in Newbury and further plans are underway to develop Plato even further. Plato has been demonstrated at shows during 2015 such as the Digital Seasons event in London and the High End Show in Munich.

Where Plato has featured during 2015

Plato has been reviewed in many HiFi publications this year in both the UK and Germany. The details of which can be found on our Kickstarter webpage. Common in the reviews, is acknowledgement that the Vinyl recording process is unique and of great value, combined with Plato’s comprehensive digital streaming capability and audio quality.

AV Tech Awards 2015/2016 - Best Innovation
AV Tech Awards 2015/2016 - Best Innovation
HI-FI Choice Magazine Review
HI-FI Choice Magazine Review
             
Audio Magazine - Germany Review
Audio Magazine - Germany Review
                                               
HI-FI World Magazine Review
HI-FI World Magazine Review
HIFI PIG Review
HIFI PIG Review
John Parr - Musician
John Parr - Musician

Plato features - Full System Video

Specification

What people had to say about Plato

Awards Plato and the team received in 2015

Pledge Hi-lights

Pledges four, five, six, seven, eight and nine feature White and Black Plato  facias. Pledge twelve also features White and Black facia.

Pledges eight and nine feature Red and Blue Plato facias.

Pledges ten and eleven feature an exclusive chrome finish Plato facia.

Project Timeline

Risks and challenges

We have achieved safety sign off in Europe for Plato so we are aware how long this process can take and what support is required for a successful outcome with all of the Safety sign offs for the USA and Canada. We have built in the relevant cost for this within our project budget together with a 10% buffer. We are still projecting a long elapsed time for this process within this Kickstarter project.

We have completed an inception project with the iOS App work to make part of Plato’s functionality compatible with Apple iPads and we are now confident we can plan the rest of the work required, together with the resources that a successful Kickstarter project will provide for us, to deliver our goal of making Plato accessible from anywhere in the home with any device (Apple or Android).

As Plato is built in a very modular way, we have our plan outlined to produce the Plato Lite version of the product. We have made this level of pledge the longest lead time overall for delivery just to cover all of our configuration bases and give us sufficient time to test and deliver on the promised timescales to our USA and Canadian customers.

Overall, we have phased the pledge dates on what backers can expect and when over a sensible timescale and we are comfortable that our production capacity can perform to these levels from the initial tests that we have conducted.

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    Pledge £10 or more About US$ 13

    PLEDGE ONE
    A letter of personal thanks from the team at Entotem for supporting Plato's development into the Canadian and USA marketplace. Branded and signed by the team members illustrating your involvement.

    Thanks for your support!!

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    Pledge £20 or more About US$ 25

    PLEDGE TWO
    T-SHIRT
    Get a really cool ‘Ana-Digi’ Plato T-shirt with your name on it!... Along with everyone else who has pledged to support Plato and Plato Lite in the USA and Canada, along with the names of the team here at Entotem. Thanks for your support.

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    Pledge £25 or more About US$ 32

    PLEDGE THREE
    PLATO BRANDED USB
    One of the strengths of Plato is the ability to import audio and video files, directly into the Plato unit via USB. If you’re unable to access the Plato experience through other pledges, why not treat yourself to a Plato branded USB stick. With your support we can bring Plato and Plato Lite to the USA and Canada much quicker – so thanks!

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    Pledge £1,500 or more About US$ 1,903

    PLEDGE FOUR
    PLATO LITE
    Get your taster to the full Plato experience. Get access to a new version of Plato that Entotem is making available specifically within this Kickstarter campaign. This version of Plato has all of the Hi Res analogue and digital recording and streaming capabilities, but without the power amplifier, analogue path or phono stage. It has 1TB of internal storage, so still plenty to go on to store all of your favourite music and films. A fantastic product if you already have Hifi equipment – and of course, comes in the classic Plato high gloss paint finish – either White or Black facia. In the package will also be the Plato branded USB stick to help with any existing music and video import/export.

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    Pledge £2,000 or more About US$ 2,537

    PLEDGE FIVE
    SUPER EARLY BIRD OFFER – FULL PLATO (RRP £3600)
    Be one of the first USA/Canadian customers to own your own Plato (with amplifier) System in either a White or Black facia finish. What a great offer !! - we will also add in the Plato branded USB stick for you.

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    Pledge £2,000 or more About US$ 2,537

    PLEDGE SIX
    EARLY BIRD OFFER - PLATO WITHOUT AMPLIFIER (RRP £2700)
    So you have your own amplifier? No problem. Get all that Plato has to offer in recording and streaming to complement your existing ‘gear’. You can have the Plato unit in White or Black facia finish. We will also ship the Plato branded USB stick with your Plato system.

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    Pledge £2,400 or more About US$ 3,044

    PLEDGE SEVEN
    EARLY BIRD - FULL PLATO (RRP £3600)
    Don’t worry if you missed the Super Early Bird reward – you can still get the full Plato system as an Early Bird reward in White or Black facia !! We will also provide you with a limited edition T-shirt with your name on it, together with everyone who has supported Plato, together with the Plato USB stick.

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    Pledge £2,400 or more About US$ 3,044

    PLEDGE EIGHT
    PLATO WITHOUT AMPLIFIER (RRP £2700)
    Fancy owning Plato?....but in a different colour of facia?...in Red or Blue? The first time Plato has been painted in these colours. See the look on the Kickstarter page opposite. If you still want a White or Black facia no problem you can have it in those colours as well. Plus, Plato T Shirt x1 and Plato USB stick x1

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    Pledge £2,800 or more About US$ 3,551

    PLEDGE NINE
    FULL PLATO (RRP £3600)
    Fancy owning the full Plato – but in a different colour of facia?...in Red or Blue? See the look opposite – if you still want White or Black facia you can still go for these colours as well. Plus, Plato T Shirt x1 and Plato USB stick x1

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    Pledge £3,100 or more About US$ 3,932

    PLEDGE TEN
    EXCLUSIVE PLATO WITHOUT AMPLIFIER
    What about a chrome paint finish – see the great look opposite - this is not on offer anywhere with Plato and totally exclusive to Kickstarter. So if you have your own amplifier, then why not get everything else that Plato can offer in this ultimate chrome finish. We will also include a signed certificate awarded to you for your support, signed by all of the Entotem team. Plus, Plato T Shirt x1 and Plato USB stick x1

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    Pledge £3,500 or more About US$ 4,439

    PLEDGE ELEVEN
    FULL PLATO
    Exclusive full Plato offer with Chrome Paint finish – still below the RRP in the UK for Plato – have everything that Plato can provide but in the exclusive Chrome Paint facia. What a great way to enjoy Entertainment in the home!! We will include a signed certificate awarded to you for your support, signed by all the team here at Entotem, Plus Plato T Shirt x1 and Plato USB stick x1

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    Pledge £3,900 or more About US$ 4,947

    PLEDGE TWELVE
    FULL PLATO - DEALER REWARD
    Have 2 Plato Systems in your store - one to demonstrate to your customers and one to sell, in either a White or Black facia. This will allow you to show Plato – this unique product - to your customers and provide us with feedback as you will join our dealer portal as part of this offer.

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Funding period

- (45 days)