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Well, thatís just excessive...

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Inspired by dvddesignís recent blog entry on a guy with a 2400-sq.-ft. arcade in his house, I decided to post something similar that I saw over on CNETís Crave blog, which often features all manner of ostentatiously extravagant gadgets, gear, and the like.

What would you pay for the most insane home theater you could possibly imagine?

How about, oh...six million dollars?



Some of you may be familiar with IGN Gearís ďUltimate SetupĒ feature (theyíve done over fifty of them), but this trumps them all, no sweat. Essentially, this guy Jeremy Kipnis, a record engineer/producer, has been engrossed in A/V equipment from a very young age, and he was inspired ďto design a home theater with the absolute best picture and soundĒ ó once he could afford it, I guess. The ridiculous room in his home in Redding, Connecticut, which is 26.5 feet wide by 33 feet long, features an 18-foot projection screen. The image that is displayed on it comes from a Sony SRX-S110 digital projector, which features an insane native resolution of 4096 ◊ 2160 (thatís over 8.8 million pixels, more than four times the amount found in a 1080p image). Unfortunately, it doesnít have an HDCP-compliant HDMI input, so heís stuck feeding it 1080i video over component connections from his Sony Blu-ray player, Toshiba HD DVD player, and PS3, which the projector upscales to 2160p. But it still looks plenty spectacular, as you can see from the above image, which shows a shot from Ratatouille on Blu-ray Disc. According to the author of the article, Kipnisí ďultimate goal is to produce a picture thatís an open window to the world.Ē

Of course, those numbers are fine, but what really blew me away was the audio setup in the KSS (ďKipnis Studio StandardĒ). What do you guys have in your own homes, 5.1-channel systems? Perhaps even 6.1 or 7.1 setups? Yeah, well, this guy went over the top, and his speaker setup delivers 8.8-channel audio via a wide variety of sound equipment, including three center speakers, eight tower speakers, and sixteen 18-inch subwoofers! Iím sure that Al Gore would want this guy dead; all together, the KSS features 11,315 watts of power!

So whatís the point of all this? Kipnis says he wants to market this kind of setup to those who can afford it (heís hoping to be able to demo it to some of Hollywoodís top directors, like Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas). Itís about advancing the state of the art, according to Kipnis; the idea is to create an immersive home theater experience using the best-of-the-best in equipment and design. For more information, you can check out the summary on CNETís Crave blog; the original article, which appears in the Audio Video Interiors section of the February issue of Home Theater magazine; and Kipnisí KSS website. Oh, and hereís a picture from the front facing towards the back, just for good measure:

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About Samit Sarkarone of us since 7:56 PM on 12.14.2006

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