$6 Million Home Theater Makes Me Weep

February 7, 2008


Ever wonder what a $6 million home theater looks like? Well wonder no more. Pictured is a home theater owned by Jeremy Kipnis, a music engineer/producer. It's got 39 separate speaker units and 36 amplifiers. The entire equipment list will make you cry (which I have included after the jump for your sobbing pleasure). He plans to sell similar systems to other rich folks like Lucas and Spielburg, but for right now he's the only one that's gone so crazy. I mean $6 million for a home theater? If I had that cash I don't think I'd blow it all on a home theater. I'd buy a strip club. Now that's an entertainment center that's fun for the whole family. You know, if you're single.

A ridiculously long and unbelievable list of the theater's components after the jump.

The Acoustic Space:

2250 Sq/Ft. Custom Designed, Two-Story Concert Hall with Vaulted Ceiling & Balcony - 1" Solid Maple Flooring on 4" tall Pine studs - 12" spacing, sitting on a solid 16" reinforced concrete foundation, itself isolated on 4 - 156' solid steel girders all the way down to bedrock. Features non-parallel walls, ceiling, and floor, with dedicated installed noise isolation system, and acoustic treatments designed to supersede ANSI, SMPTE, AMPAS and AES/EBU noise specifications for professional movie theaters, mixing stages, and anechoic test chambers.

Seating for 3-6 (Arizona Leather Curved Couch & Director's Chair) or up to 24 (Premium Leather Theatrical Recliners).


Sony SRX-R-110 - 4k (4096 x 2160p) 3-chip SXRD Cine Alta 10,000 ANSI Lumen Theater Projector (short throw Fujinon zoom lens: 1.56-1.90) - Main Projector

Sony Qualia 004 - 1920 x 1080p 3-chip SXRD 2,000 ANSI Lumen Home Theater Projector (short throw Zeiss zoom Lens: 1.43-1.86) - Background Projector

Components (video):

Sony LMT-100 4k Media Block - DCM D-Cinema, X' Y' Color Space (Professional Cinema Media Server)

4 - Apple 2.33 GHz MacBook Pros (4k & 2k Digital Media Server)

Sony BDP-S1 Blu-Ray Disc Player

Samsung BDP-1000 Blu-Ray Disc Player

Sony PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray Disc Player

Toshiba HD-A35 HD-DVD Player

Toshiba HD-XA1 HD-DVD Player

JVC HM-DH5U D-VHS Recorder

JVC HM-DH400U D-VHS Recorder

Scientific Atlanta 8300HD Cable DVR (72 hours HD recording via Maxtor 300 Gb External SATA drive)

Pioneer HLD-X0 MUSE Hi-Vision HD LaserVideo Disc player

Sony HIL-C2EX MUSE Hi-Vision HD LaserVideo Disc player

Sony MSC-4000 MUSE Hi-Vision HD Decoder

Mark Levinson No. 51 DVD Media Player

Lumagen Radiance XD HDTV Processor

Gefen 6 x 2 HDMI Switcher

Components (audio):

Theta Casablanca III (c) - 8.8 Digital Surround Sound Processor (All digital In/Out - no video switching!) - 12 Separate Decoding Algorithms

13 - Theta Generation VIII (b) - Twin Channel 8x Oversampling Extreme Balanced Digital to Analog Convertors

ELP Laser Turntable - Plays LPs, 45s, & 78s using five lasers to read the grooves - all analog line-level playback

ELP CEDAR DeNoiser - 192 kHz Analog to Digital Converter with Selectable Surface Noise Reduction

Logitech SlimServer Transporter - 96 kHz / 24-bit Digital Audio Music Server (ultra low jitter = 18 picoseconds RMS @ AES/EBU Output)


10 - Snell THX Music & Cinema Reference Tower Loudspeakers (80 - 20,000 Hz) (originally designed by Kevin Voecks for George Lucas and Tomlinson Holman at Skywalker Ranch as the very first THX Certified Loud Speaker System)

16 - Snell THX Sub-1800 (18" Passive Ported Subwoofer (1 - 80 Hz)

10 - Murata Super Tweeters - 1/2" Ceramic Composite Dome (20,000 - 102,500 Hz)

3 - Snell THX Music & Cinema Reference LCR-2800 Center Channels (80 - 20,000 Hz)


30 - McIntosh MC-2102 Stereo Vacuum Tube Amplifiers (operating in Bridged-Balanced Mode) - 440 Class A Watts Each

3 - Crown Macro Reference Stereo Amplifiers (operating in Bridged-Balanced Mode) - 2,850 Class A Watts Each

2 - Mark Levinson No. 33H Mono-Block Amplifiers - 145 Class A Watts Each

1 - MESA Boogie Baron Stereo Vacuum Tube Amplifier - 660 Watts Each Channel (Projection Booth Monitors)


Stewart Snowmatte Laboratory Grade Unity Gain Motion Picture Screen (4-way Automatic Motorized Masking - 18' x 10.125')

A/C Power:

2 - General Electric No. 868 Hi Voltage Transformers (13,800 Volts to 240 Volts / 800 Amperes Each - One for the Analog Components, One for the Digital Components) -

2 - Equitech 100 kVA Toroidal Balancing Isolation Transformers (240 Volts to 120 Volts Balanced = +/- 60 Volts) - Unique All Differential Balanced Power Supply System

2 - General Electric 917 Master Power Panel Boards (40 Amp dedicated Circuit Breakers are used for each and every component) - Total AC isolation for each component, beginning from the street power!

Vibration / Isolation:

43 - Solid Tech Rack of Silence (Primary Spring Suspension Component Isolation System) - Amps, D/A, Components, etc.

120 - Solid Tech Feet of Silence (Secondary Band Suspension Isolation System)

120 - Solid Tech Discs of Silence (Secondary Spring Suspension Isolation System)

240 - UltraSonic 45 Tube Dampers (a titanium C-ring holds microphonics absorbing Homopolymer isolation pads against the vacuum tube bulbs)

240 - UltraSonic 9 Tube Dampers (Fiberglass/carbon microfiber sleeves surrounding the pads enable a firm grip on the bulb glass. For continuous use to 525°.F (274°.C)

16 - Auralex Sub Dude Speaker Isolation Stands (Snell M & C Towers & Crossover Arrays)

10 - Auralex Great Gramma Speaker Isolation Stands (Snell Sub-1800 Woofer Arrays)

3 - Auralex Gramma Speaker Isolation Stands (Snell LCR-2800 Center Channel Arrays)


Cardas Neutral Reference (All Balanced, identical lengths for each and every component, Analog - Digital - Power - Control - Video)


30 - Hi-Fi Tuning Gold/Ceramic Fuses (Used in all components requiring a fuse)


38 - Chauvet ColorSplash 200B LED Flood Lights (196 - 1 mm Red, Green, & Blue Computer Controlled & Automated LEDs) - 45 degree flood, 15 watts each, no noise or heat!

27 - Chauvet ColorRain PAR 56 LED Spot Lights (99 - 10 mm Red, Green, & Blue Computer Controlled & Automated LEDs) - 15 degree spot.

1 - Chauvet Show Express Plus - 512+ DMX Channel Computer Controlled Stage Lighting System

Acoustic Treatment:

2400 Sq Feet - Auralex 4" Acoustic Wedge Foam (applied to all exposed surfaces on the ceiling, walls, and doors) - in Deep Purple, to eliminate screen splash-back and subsequent black level washout and loss of true contrast ratio.

Jeremy Kipnis' $6 Million Home Theater [ohgizmo]

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