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Jeremy R. Kipnis' Associated Equipment

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The Acoustic Space

jeremy-r-kipnis-reviewer.jpg2,250 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 30 (Premium Leather Theatrical Recliners).


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Primary Projection System
Meridian 810 Reference Video Projection System - 4K (4096 x 2400) 3-Chip LCOS 4,000 ANSI Lumen 10 Megapixel Digital Theater Projector with Automated 2.40:1 Motorized Anamorphic Lens System and Marvell QDEO Outboard Digital Video Format Convertor and Processor

3D Projection System
Sony SRX-T110 - 4K (4096 x 2160) 3-chip SXRD Cine Alta 11,000 ANSI Lumen 8.8 Megapixel Professional Theater Projector with short throw Fujinon zoom lens (1.56-1.90) and Sony/Zeiss 3D Dual Optics Lens Adapter (1.10-1.90)

Supplemental Projection System
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)

Components (Video)
Sony LMT-200 4k Media Block - DCM D-Cinema, X' Y' Color Space (Professional Cinema Media Server)

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

Sony BDP-S1 Blu-Ray Disc Player

Sony PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray Disc Player

Toshiba HD-A35 HD-DVD Player

JVC HM-DH5U 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 MSC-4000 MUSE Hi-Vision HD Decoder

Mark Levinson No. 51 DVD/CD Multi-Media Player

Lumagen Radiance XD HDTV Processor

Gefen 6 x 2 HDMI Switcher

Components (Audio)

kipnis-studios-theater.jpgTheta Casablanca III (Series 3) - 12.12 Digital Surround Sound Processor (All digital In/Out - no video switching!) - 12 Separate Decoding Algorithms


Theta Generation VIII (Series 2) -  13x Twin Channel 8x Oversampling Extreme Balanced Digital to Analog Convertors

Benchmark ADC USB - 192 kHz 24-Bit Analog to Digital Convertor with Selectable Resampling and Dither

Benchmark DAC USB - 192 kHz 24-Bit Digital to Analog Convertor with USB Interface and Ultra Low Jitter Clock

ELP LT-2XRC Laser Turntable - Plays LPs, 45s, & 78s using five lasers to read the grooves - all analog line-level playback & CD Function remote control

Sony DVP 9000 - SACD Multi-Channel Audio Player

Logitech Transporter - 96 kHz / 24-bit Digital Audio Music Server (ultra low jitter = 4 picoseconds RMS @ AES/EBU Output & proprietary external Cesium Clock Control)


Speakers
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 (10 - 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)

10 - Snell A7 Illusion Reference Full-Range Loudspeakers (20 - 25,000 Hz)


Amplifiers
48 - McIntosh MC-2102 Stereo Vacuum Tube Amplifiers (operating in Bridged-Balanced Mono Mode) - 450 Class A Watts per Amplifier

2 - McIntosh MC-2301 Mono-Block Vacuum Tube Amplifiers (Quad Bridged-Balanced Mono Operation) - 400 Class A Watts

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

2 - Mark Levinson No. 33H Mono-Block Amplifiers - 160 Class A Watts per Amplifer

1 - MESA Boogie Baron Stereo Vacuum Tube Amplifier - 760 Watts Each Channel (in use for the Projection Booth Monitors)


Screen
Stewart Snowmatte Laboratory Grade Unity Gain Motion Picture Screen (4-way Automatic Motorized Masking - 24' x 10.125')

Control System
Crestron Quickmedia Complete Automation Control System - Multi-room AV Touch Sreen Control System with Internet Browsing and Apple iPhone Interface


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

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

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

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

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

448 - 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)


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


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


Lighting
40 - 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!

40 - Chauvet ColorRain PAR 196 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
3,250 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.

For more information about Jeremy Kipnis visit www.kipnis-studios.com or his Google Profile.