If you won the lottery, how much would you spend on an entertainment room? Probably less than Jeremy Kipnis, a music engineer, producer, classical music lover…
This home theater is all about aggressively advancing the state of the art of picture and sound presentation. Yes, it’s comfortable and beautiful, but its prime directive is a quest for the very best. Kipnis calls his creation the Kipnis Studio Standard, and if all goes according to plan, wealthy movie industry professionals, actors, directors, and producers will be lining up to commission him to custom-design and build a KSS for them.
The best home entertainment system in the world is made up of at least 94 components, including devices for viewing picture elements, external players, surround processing and decoding, amplification and sound speakers.
The audio portion of the system includes thirty-seven Snell and MuRata speakers attached to thirty-five Mark Levinson, McIntosh and Crown Audio amplifiers as well as thirteen Theta Digital surround sound processers. For video, Kipnis chose a professional-grade Sony video projector and an 18-by-10-foot laboratory-grade motion picture screen. He doesn’t need to worry about media formats, either; the multitude of players included in his system can play Blu-ray discs, HD DVDs, CDs, DVDs, Laserdiscs and even VHS tapes. In case that isn’t enough, there’s a SATA drive that holds 72 hours of HD footage and a PlayStation 3.
AC power conditioning for the KSS is, again, done to the max. Next to the garage, there are two mammoth General Electric 13,800-volt/800-amp step-down transformers; all of the cabling is audiophile-grade wire, and every aspect of performance and presentation is scrutinized, even down to the 40-amp cryogenically treated circuit breakers for each and every component in the system.
And for this elaborate he has just shelled out $6 million!
Here’s a partial list of the gear he’s using:
- Sony SRX-S110 Professional Video Projector (4,096-by-2,160)
- Stewart 18-by-10-foot Snowmatte 1.0 Gain Laboratory-Grade Motion Picture Screen
Players and Sources:
- Sony BDP-S1 Blu-ray Player
- Sony PlayStation 3 Gaming Console
- Toshiba HD-XA1 HD DVD Player
- JVC HMDH-5U D-VHS Recorder
- SATA Drive (72 HDTV Hours Total)
- Mark Levinson Reference N°33 and N°33H.
- Pioneer HLD-X0 Hi-Vision HDTV MUSE Laserdisc Player
Surround Processing and Decoding:
- Theta Digital Generation VIII 32-bit 8x Oversampling Dual Processors (13)
- Mark Levinson N° 33h Amplifiers (2)
- McIntosh MC-2102 Amplifiers (30)
- Crown Macro Reference Gold Amplifiers (3)
- Snell 1800 THX Music & Cinema Reference Subwoofers (16)
- Snell THX Music & Cinema Reference Towers (8)
- MuRata ES103A Super Tweeters (10)
- Snell THX Music & Cinema Reference LCR-2800 Center-Channel Speakers (3)
World’s Most Expensive Home Entertainment System