The Screening Room

Our Vision of Cinema

Let’s face it. There’s simply nothing quite like watching your favorite Movie, TV Show, or Video Game on a truly enormous IMAX sized screen with fantastic wall-to-wall surround sound.  Unless, of course, you can supersede that experience of Picture and Sound in the comfort of your very own home.  Kipnis Studios will help you do just that - utilizing the finest possible Equipment and creating the most inspired Acoustics for your cinema and listening pleasure alike.

We systematically manage each and every possible detail, such as choosing the finest projection system and ideal viewing screen for your particular space and seating requirements, then perform custom installation to seamlessly set up your audio and video Components to their very best capability.  We design your screening room to offer the absolute best in picture and sound fidelity, starting from the ground up!  For the finishing touch, we create a Lighting system that allows you to dim or illuminate your cinema in any way or color imaginable, all at the touch of a button.

Quite simply, a KSS home theater is your guarantee of experiencing the very finest, most immersive quality possible!

Suppose you want to transform an existing space or perhaps you have grand architectural plans for something new and different. Either way, Kipnis Studios will create a custom cutting-edge professional theater that complements your living space and lifestyle. Our promise is that we’re ready to work with you in coordinating each and every step of your project. We’ll perform the installation seamlessly, flawlessly and with the extraordinary level of craftsmanship you can expect from Kipnis Studios.

12.12 Spherical Surround Sound

Since Edison's first successful melding of motion picture imagery and gramophone sound in 1891, the art and science of entertainment mediums have never been the same. Today’s multi-channel sound for motion pictures has been commercially available since 1952, and has the potential to be better now than ever. But is it?

Audio devices should not have a sound of their own. Instead, they should not sound like anything at all. This is rarely the case. But through careful testing, evaluation, and experimentation, the results prove themselves in the theaters and recordings that use my design philosophy - they produce incredibly life-like results: cleanly, silently, colorlessly - and reliably - each and every time!

Whatever the audio or video device is, I examine it and ask, “how can this device’s performance be improved? Forget about what it costs!” Companies like Sony charge a lot of money for their professional products. But I always ask, “could they have made that product a little bit better and charged a little more money for it?”

Many high-end design companies tend to rest on their laurels and don't bother to take the next logically or irrational step forward. But we here at KSS are leaping ahead, instead of staying on the back burner. And we have the philosophy and the technology to achieve what has previously been impossible - the world’s first 8.8 Surround Sound system!

Track 6 - The Enterprise

Jerry Goldsmith / LSO

Sony Columbia Records

Frequency Extremes

The Kipnis Studio Standard uniquely features the cutting-edge with an 8.8 and 12.12 surround sound system consisting of hand matched and calibrated arrays of 12 - Full Range Towers, 12 - Super Tweeters, 3 - Full Range Center Channels, and 20 - 18" subwoofers, arrayed in an octagonal configuration around the centrally located viewer / listener.

With a frequency range of 1 - 102,500 Hertz, and the ability to play both extremely loud (135 dB/SPL) and soft sounds (near 0 dB/SPL) in perfect proportion to each other, music, film, and television (not to mention video games) can offer a totally immersive, three-dimensional aural reproduction of the source that is as authentic and realistic as "being there". Together, the KSS loudspeaker array offers unsurpassed transparency and fidelity from any source you choose to listen to or view.

The Movie Screen / Canvas to the Stars

The screen is the blank stage on which the image and the story unfold. It is standard for a motion picture screen to feature perforations, which are 1 mm evenly spaced holes distributed throughout the screen and designed to allow sound from three speakers behind it to be heard. This unfortunately mangles the sound from the speakers necessitating severe equalization, and allows 40% of the light from the projector to pass through unreflected. Both of these are simply unacceptable, and so the Kipnis Studio Standard employs only non-perforated, laboratory grade motion picture screens alongside loudspeaker arrays which precisely recreate the sound mix with unerring accuracy and fidelity.

Resolution / Details Count

Likewise, image resolution of traditional 35 mm and 70 mm celluloid prints shown at Academy Screenings top out at 5000 pixels x 4000 pixels (with actual release prints being closer to 3200 x 2400), and once projected through a lens assembly becomes closer to 4000 x 3000 pixels (2800 x 2100 theatrically). While it is always critical to have a 35 mm or 70 mm projector and platter system available for evaluating actual prints, the quality of Digital Projection (DCI Cinema) has improved to the point of being comparable to or even better than physical prints.

Academy film projectionist (AMPAS) and high-end audio/video writer Steve Guttenberg and Kipnis Studio Standard  designer - creator Jeremy R. Kipnis inside the KSS Ciné Beta

Color Fidelity / Realism Not Hype

With three times the light output, and comparable resolution to 35 mm and even 70 mm Academy Prints, it is just as critical with digital projection to be concerned with proper color reproduction. The latest DCI Cinema projectors all feature a color space which is significantly larger than traditional celluloid prints, offering the possibility to truly experience a range of hues and saturations which can only be rivaled by reality. As there are at least three different color space standards in use today (Digital Cinema Initiative - DCI, HDTV ITU. 709, and NTSC ITU. 601), careful attention is taken during regular projector calibrations to assure the utmost in color fidelity for each and every source. Even digital still photography can look spectacularly realistic, offering previously unrealized levels of accuracy and detail, 3-dimensionality, and color fidelity.

Seamless Operation / Touch Screen Simplicity

Technology should be simple. That’s why we give you control of sound and screen, lighting and security—all through one touch screen remote.

Wireless access allows us to install your stereo and home theater components under ideal operating conditions, offering for ample flexibility in designing the interior of your theater. KSS will also link your Touch Screen system with new or existing security systems, and integrate your shades, HVAC and home computer network into your Kipnis Studio Standard Screening Experience.

Picture Quality / Daylight Light Levels

First, there must be consideration of absolute picture fidelity. Traditionally, the standards of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) are used for Academy Screenings (and the Oscar goes to . . . ) resulting in light levels that are only as high as 16.5 foot-Lamberts. While adequate (and the industry standard for over 55 years), this level of light is simply too low to appear realistic during daylight scenes, resulting in murky looking blacks and a flat, dimensionless quality. Therefore, the Kipnis Studio Standard requires a minimum of 49.5 foot-Lamberts (3-times SMPTE standard), resulting in daylight levels which produce a sharper, more color accurate and realistic image given our human optical system.

While the SMPTE standards suggest that 2K (2048 x 1080) DCI Cinema is perfectly adequate as a replacement for traditional film, a more realistic choice of 4K (4096 x 2160) technology can first start to be seen as the successor to motion picture film. DCI Cinema has the added advantage of being compatible with all professional cinema mastering systems (2K and 4K), as well as all commercially available Hi-Definition sources (1920 x 1080p, 1280 x 720p, and 720 x 480p) such as Satellite HD, Cable HD, D-VHS, HD-DVD, and Blu-Ray Discs, to mention but a few. Now you can pause, rewind, fast forward, and even compare image quality side by side from as many as four different sources at full resolution using the Duo or Quad image modes.

Screen Gain, or the amount of light level enhancement induced by the screen, has been a requirement since the beginning of CinemaScope in 1952. Without gain, the images produced on screen would be even lower in illumination than they already are, resulting in completely unacceptable image quality. Yet gain also causes another problem called "Hot-Spotting" wherein the center of the image is brighter at the expense of losing light at the corners, sometimes as much as 80% loss. Luckily, the use of a subtle amount of curvature (as opposed to a simple, flat screen) can eliminate this hot-spotting by almost 100%, allowing for completely even illumination across the entire screen area - a dramatic improvement that creates an unimpeded vista with whatever you choose to view.

Masking / How to Frame an Image

Masking is the ability to adjust the size and shape of a screen's borders to accommodate the various different aspect ratios of film and television, is usually limited to opening and closing the top, bottom, and sides. But each film and television program has it's own cinematographic language, and is why KSS designs support both masking and zoom functions in conjunction with on an enormous, IMAX proportioned screen that allows the viewer to "resize" the image to suit both their viewing requirements and the director's vision of the film.

The Screening Room Experience

“To Boldly View . . . As No One Has Ever Viewed Before!”

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Sound Quality / The Role of Loud Speakers

Naturally, sound quality must be the equal of picture quality in order to experience a complete cinema presentation. Most often, a 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 surround system is ubiquitous in today's screening rooms and movie theaters, as is the use of three identical two or three-way Loud Speakers, placed behind the perforated motion picture screen. The surround speakers are almost always a two-way design, utilize different drivers than those behind the screen, and are located out in the auditorium above the audience and toward the ceiling; sometimes in a stadium type theater the surround speakers will be diagonally arrayed on the side walls.

The Room / Defining Your Space

Think about your dream movie environment. What does it look like? What does it sound like? How do all the pieces fit together? By integrating and installing only the finest home theater and professional systems in the world, our exclusive Kipnis Studio Standard design Philosophy will bring your dream environment to life—whether your space is a single room, an entire home or even an office or a palatial movie theater featuring a grand lobby, designed in the spirit and with all due reverence to the great art and History of Cinema.

Join us for an experience in Cinema and Music fidelity

unlike anything you’ve ever imagined!