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The $6 million home theater


I know this blog is supposed to be about practical gadgetry; however, this one is just too amazing and ridiculous to pass up.

Audio Video Interiors has a feature on Jeremy Kipnis in its February issue. Jeremy is a record producer and sound engineer who has built a $6 million home theater in his Connecticut home. Check it out:

Photos courtesy of Audio Video Interiors

The funniest thing about the article is that Jeremy's Sony projector doesn't have HDMI inputs, so he is using component video. Huh?

"The Sony projector doesn't have HDMI inputs that are HDCP compliant, but it upscales Blu-ray and HD DVD players' component outputs to its native 4K resolution. So sure, it might look even better if he could use his HD player's digital outputs, but Kipnis feels the picture quality he's getting right now is 'far more outstanding and realistic than any other movie theater I've experienced on the planet.' Pressing the question about keeping the KSS' video all digital, he admits that he's also considering commissioning a custom-built scaler from Silicon Optix or Snell & Wilcox. The ultimate goal is to produce a picture that's an open window to the world."

Read the rest of the article at the Audio Video Interiors blog. Thanks to my friend Dan Knoy for sending it my way.

As much as I love home theater, I would never spend $6 million on one. What about you? Is this a waste of time and money or the greatest thing you've ever seen?
19 comments
tradergeorge
tradergeorge

Some people have a 6 mil wine cellar, some have 6 mil worth of jewelery. Others have 6 mil worth of cars, art or other collectibles. If video and audio is your thing, I see no problem investing a portion of your income in it. I would venture that as a percentage of his net worth, this system is probably less than most of the systems we own.

raxelsonsr
raxelsonsr

Now we Know the artists are'nt getting any of the money. R.I.A.A, stop lieing to us.

DadsPad
DadsPad

I can get back my 20 year old hearing. :D Of, course, I would use my second 10 million to do it. ]:) Seriously, there will always be rich people and rich companies that will spend money on 'the best' of anyting. If for no other reason that to show off. Did everyone forget 'Lives of the Rich and Famous'? This is just not for doing something less expensive or almost as good. It is the price and the impression of the best there is that will do the sales.

monsalbus
monsalbus

Six million USD for this? Everything looks as if it is about to fall over. Looks like to get at any of the shelves you risk knocking everything over. Makes me think all the stuff is on loan. Next time he wants to spend that much money have him contact me and I will build him a home theatre that is truly custom. Cabinets and design to go with all that engineering is mandatory in that CT home.

seanferd
seanferd

Can I have his old stuff when he upgrades?

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

If I had the money to blow, why not. otherwise, no friggin way!

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

if that is not the ultimate expression of materialism carried to the extreme, it's gotta be right up there with whatever is. Unbelievable.

joesnipes
joesnipes

Its def. a waste of $$$ but if i was given the equipment I would invest the time without a doubt!!!

scav8tor
scav8tor

Like a motorcycle with a helicopter turbine for a motor.

Natraj Vannavada
Natraj Vannavada

Though the idea is really tempting, I'd probably watch a movie @ an IMAX. Wouldn't cost me more than $50.

JamesRL
JamesRL

The risk this guy runs by going for the state of the art, is that he will buy a technological dead end. He may spend a lot of money on something that isn't state of the art two years from now, and he may invest in something that doesn't extend or expand well. James

swheeler
swheeler

"It is the price and the impression of the best there is that will do the sales." We all buy products based on impression and price. Don't think so? Those green beans you're eating get 5 different labels put on them by the factory based on where they're headed. The contents are all the same. Funny thing is, the brand names "trick" our brains into thinking they taste better than generic brands. Need a more techy example? Think iPod.

Mycah Mason
Mycah Mason

Who could possibly afford something like that except people with so much money it doesn't matter? But, it would definately be fun to do and amazing to experience!!!

john
john

>>The funniest thing about the article is that >> Jeremy?s Sony projector doesn?t have HDMI >> inputs, so he is using component video. Huh? I'd be willing to bet (6 mil, even) that the 4K picture on the Sony, upscaling analog component video from Blu-Ray looks light years better than any HDMI signal at 1080P you've seen. HDMI can be a roll of the dice between the DVD player, the DVD itself and the monitor (and *any* receiver or switcher in between) as to whether digital artifacting occurs and also as to whether HDCP even *allows* you to watch the movie! Analog video works perfectly every time....there's never a die to roll....

seanferd
seanferd

That would help to cover the shipping.

rykerabel
rykerabel

HDMI is way overated since no HD-DVD or BluRay releases even use the HDCP feature to downscale the resolution and component supports 1080p easily (thats what the 4K video uses even).

john
john

I believe component only supports 1080i, but it still looks fantastic.... and HDCP stands for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection, nothing to do with downscaling and everything to do with stopping certain movies from playing if all equipment in the signal line is not 100% compliant.... it is a horrible, horrible protection scheme that often stops you from being able to watch a perfectly legal DVD that you just bought at the store or rented from NetFlix....

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