With regards to sound systems, most consumers deal with poor quality sound on their television or stereo. If they are feeling wealthy, they may spend $200 for a slight upgrade. However, there are many individuals around the world who invest an exorbitant amount of money into home sound systems. These are typically musicians, billionaires or sound enthusiasts in general. There must be plenty of these consumers given the number of sound systems priced over $10,000 and many more which cost over $200,000. While most scoff at the idea but wonder what such as a system sounds like, these sound gurus would argue that high-quality sound is priceless. The following is an incredible list of the best sound systems costing north of $100,000
Kipnis’ Outer Limits Theater
Coming in at around $6 million, Kipnis’ Outer Limits Theater was created by Jeremy Kipnis and is the most expensive home theater system in the world. Kipnis customized the KSS 8.8 channel audio system works with Snell subs to create a body-shaking effect of realism. This a system that your local mall would even be jealous of.
Moon Audio’s Darkstar Opulence
Next on the list at around $2 million is Moon Audio’s Darkstar Opulence which uses ribbon panels and has received multiple industry awards for its design. Each speaker within the set boasts 40 subwoofers, all of which are paired together, on two speakers that are 40-feet wide. The system generates as much sound as a jet plane taking off from the airport and produces a 31,000 watt output. The system also boasts a 10-year warranty.
Moon Audio’s Darkstar Opulence Limited Edition
A similar system from Moon Audio’s Dark Star Opulence line costs around $1.1 million and only 10 systems have been manufactured. This version is an extremely limited edition for audiophiles. The entire system weighs around a ton and delivers clear music, even when the listener’s ears are plugged.
Kharma’s Grand Enigma
At an estimated $1 million, the Grand Enigma System was constructed to be placed in gigantic rooms to maximize the sound. Unfortunately only one was made in the entire world. However, most audiophiles go gah-gah over the system. Given its popularity, perhaps Kharma will develop and commercialize a similar system in the future?
Goldmund Epilogue Signature Audio System
Also around $1 million, Goldmund International has many happy customers like DJ Mark Rosen. Goldmund International has been created high-end audio equipment, such as their Eidos players and Epilogue speakers, for around 30-years so they are experts in the industry.
Wisdom Audio’s Infinite Wisdom Grand
With a cost estimated at around $700,000, Wisdom Audio’s Infinite Wisdom Grand system is best for multi-level rooms, ballrooms, large homes and, as a direct quote from the website, “palaces.” The speakers are 13-feet tall and almost 2 tons. It is the pride and joy of Wisdom Audio which also boasts the Infinite Rush and Infinite Wisdom product lines for a much less price tag.
Backes Muller BM 100
Costing a cool half of a million dollars, the BM 100 offers an odd but elegant aesthetic. Backes Muller has been designing and manufacturing sound systems since the 70’s and is working toward the goal of mechanically representing human perception of sound. This system utilizes FIRETECTM technology which delicately separates the signal within the bass, mid-range and mid-to-high range componentry.
California Audio Technology MBX
Also costing around $500,000 is California Audio Technology’s MBX line. The company is world-renown for producing customizable sound systems perfect for any space and designing solutions for homes, boats and businesses. Although this is lower on the list, customizable systems can be as expensive as $16 million depending on the consumer requirements. This system is expandable up to 100 subwoofers, 10 drivers per channel and 21 total channels.
Acapella Audio Arts’ Sphaeron Excalibur
Acapella Audio Arts is yet another German audio company that has been offering sound system solutions since 1997. The Spharon Excalibur costs around $380,000 and combines the Spharon with a horn unit into a single system. This is a more classic design that should be in rooms larger than 40 square meters to full enjoy its functionality. The horn is 12 square meters, vibrantly color and is meant to create a three-dimensional sound feeling.
Topping out the list at $350,000 is the earthshaking, cool system that boasts a one square meter box that emits 150 hertz to 23 kilohertz. With it’s over 20-years of audio experience, Dynamikks continues to utilize integrate new techniques into its design. The Ultima has a much more classic look that most of the other speakers on the list.