Podcast 39: Jeremy Kipnis

Home-theater consultant Jeremy Kipnis discusses the gear in his own theater space—deemed the most expensive and technically complex in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records for the last three years—as well as his pursuit of absolute accuracy in audio and video reproduction, 4K vs 3D, projection screens, and answers to chat-room questions.

Run Time: 52:25

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Jeremy Kipnis' theater space uses custom-made speakers and McIntosh tube amps.

The view from the balcony above the screen.

The layout reveals the circular design of his surround system.

Look for a post next week with more about this incredible ultimate theater!

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Jarod's picture

Wow! Im just seeing the pics for the first time and I may be just a tiny bit jealous. Just kidding I'm envious! I gotta be honest though, the lights on the Macintosh amps below the screen would be a little distracting during a movie. I would probably forget all about them after the movie is in full swing.

uavtheo's picture

Scott, any links to the photos mentioned in the Podcast? I did some Googling to see some photos. Looks like a very interesting setup and looks like there are some instances where he went off on the "standard" setup routine. I just could not believe the number of McIntosh amps in the setup and also the choice of Tube amps for home theater surprised me as I've been told that solid state tends to perform better with the demands of HT applications

Scott Wilkinson's picture
Good idea; I'll look into how we might post the photos I showed on the podcast. I asked Jeremy about the use of tubes, and he said they provide a more authentic, accurate sonic picture of reality in his opinion. Not the common wisdom, I agree, but that's what he believes after much testing in his room.
wessokolosky's picture

If memory serves, the reasons for sonic differences were worked out some time ago. Tubed components have a quantitatively higher level of harmonic distortions. However, these tend to be lower order harmonics, and therefore less irritating sonically. On the other hand, solid state devices tend to have a higher level of higher order harmonics, as well as higher levels of intermodulation distortions, both considerably more irritating sonically. At least that's what I recall.


uavLordoftheRings's picture

I like Jeremy; he's pursuing and living the Ultimate Dream, or Highest Technological Audio/Video Level.
He is kind of a father figure in his true Passion.

The guy's just perfect in my book! Bravo!

And thanks Scott for sharing this podcast with the rest of us; that makes you right up there in my book as well; the good book! :) (smiley).


Jarod's picture

A most excellent podcast!

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