10 Most Expensive Stereo Systems

The saying goes that money can’t buy you happiness, but I’m sure that if anyone of you (myself included) had all the money in the world to spend on a home sound setup, you probably would. Most Americans rely on the poor sound quality of their flat screen television, or, if they’re feeling extravagant, they may spend a couple hundred dollars on modest enhancements.

However, there are people out there – most notably, musicians, sound engineers, and possibly billionaires with money to blow – that are willing to spend a large sum of money on the most high-end or most expensive stereo systems. Believe it or not, there are numerous systems on the market that are priced well over $10,000 and some upwards of $100,000. Though, if you’re a sound enthusiast, you know that you cannot put a price tag on good sound.

So, what is the most expensive stereo system and just how expensive is it? Before his death in 2019, Jeremy Kipnis was the creator and owner of the most expensive audio system in the world in his home theater, estimated at $6 million. Though, Dark Star Opulence by Moon Audio comes in second, costing a whopping $2 million. Stereo systems consist of numerous components that can be purchased separately or in a package depending on your preferences, needs, and budget.

Curious if you have the budget to be the envy of all your fellow audiophiles? With further ado, let’s explore the top 10 most expensive stereo systems in the world.

1. Kipnis’ Outer Limits Theater – $6 Million

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Prior to his unexpected passing in 2019, music producer Jeremy Kipnis was the creator and owner of the most expensive home sound system in the world. Referred to by Kipnis as the Outer Limits Theater, the system is estimated to have been worth $6 million. He customized his KSS 8.8 channel audio system, adding Snell subs to yield an incredible effect of realism. So, what is it that makes this home system so astonishing?

A company by the name of Audio Video interiors was able to visit the theater several years ago, and discovered that the following equipment went into its construction:

Picture Elements:

  • Sony SRX-S110 Professional Video Projector (4,096-by-2,160)
  • Stewart 18-by-10-foot Snowmatte 1.0 Gain Laboratory-Grade Motion Picture Screen

Players and Sources:

  • Sony BDP-S1 Blu-ray Player
  • Sony PlayStation 3 Gaming Console
  • Toshiba HD-XA1 HD DVD Player
  • JVC HMDH-5U D-VHS Recorder
  • SATA Drive (72 HDTV Hours Total)
  • Mark Levinson N° 51 DVD/CD Media Player
  • Pioneer HLD-X0 Hi-Vision HDTV MUSE Laserdisc Player

Surround Processing and Decoding:

  • Theta Digital Generation VIII 32-bit 8x Oversampling Dual Processors (13)

Amplification:

  • Mark Levinson N° 33h Amplifiers (2)
  • McIntosh MC-2102 Amplifiers (30)
  • Crown Macro Reference Gold Amplifiers (3)

Speakers:

  • Snell 1800 THX Music & Cinema Reference Subwoofers (16)
  • Snell THX Music & Cinema Reference Towers (8)
  • MuRata ES103A Super Tweeters (10)
  • Snell THX Music & Cinema Reference LCR-2800 Center-Channel Speakers (3)

With a price tag of $6 million, is Kipnis’ stereo system a waste of money or a true work of art? I guess that depends on who you ask.

2. Moon Audio’s Dark Star Opulence – $2 Million

Next on our list of the most expensive stereo systems in the world is Moon Audio’s Dark Star Opulence, coming in at around $2 million. This system utilizes ribbon panels and has been given numerous industry awards for its design. Each speaker in the set is outfitted with a whopping 40 subwoofers, which are paired together on two 40-foot wide speakers.

The amount of sound that the system produces is as much as a jet plane taking off from an airport and generates an output of 31,000 watts. Moon Audio’s Dark Star Opulence claims to bypass the ears and deliver sound directly to the listener’s brain. In fact, they say that the sound can still be experienced with the ears fully plugged. If this is true, this is the only sound system in the world with the technology.

If you’re able to get your hands on this system, you’ll enjoy a 10-year warranty. The designers behind the Opulence have been working in the ultra-high-end audio industry for more than 25 years. Moon Audio even has a pretty impressive celebrity client list that includes Sam Smith, Drake, Alicia Keys, and Miranda Lambert.

3. Goldmund Epilogue Signature Audio System – $1 Million

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While the Swiss audio equipment company Goldmund does not list their prices online, it is estimated that their Epilogue Signature Audio System costs around $1 million. The Goldmund Epilogue Series was first created in 1998, which embodied the best that technology had to offer at the time regarding electro-acoustic transduction. Based on a modular structure, this system allowed the user to evolve their home system over time.

With the Goldmund Series, a three-stage evolution was possible, meaning you could initially purchase Level 1 and then eventually evolve up to Level 2 or 3 while still keeping your original system. The system was so successful both acoustically and design-wise that Goldmund released a new generation, the Epilogue Signature, at the end of the first decade of the 2000s.

Interested in purchasing an Epilogue Signature Audio System for yourself? We don’t blame you! But, you’ll have to reach out to Goldmund directly.

4. Wisdom Audio’s Infinite Wisdom Grande – $700,000

For those who can afford the best of the best and are looking for the best sound system for their mansion, Wisdom Audio’s Infinite Wisdom Grande may be the choice for you. Coming in at an estimated $700,000, the manufacturer claims that this system is ideal for large homes, multilevel rooms, ballrooms, and “palaces.”

The system weighs a whopping two tons, stands over 13 feet tall, and can generate unparalleled levels of sound up to 120 decibels. It consists of separate cabinets for the base and the mid/treble units. The former of which are 243cm tall and house an astonishing 24 x 30cm woofers, while the latter stacks six 7.5cm x 190cm Quasi-Ribbon/Planar-Magnetic units into a 4m frame. With numerous transducers, distortion levels are low to allow your sound to come out exactly as intended.

Wisdom Audio has been serving audiophiles since 1996. They work with the world’s leading architects, custom integrators, engineers and interior designers to create remarkable entertainment experiences for their clients. Want to get your hands on their Infinite Wisdom Grande system or any of their other products, reach out to them to find a dealer near you!

5. Magico Ultimate III – $600,000

Estimated at $600,000 for the pair of speakers, the Magico Ultimate IIIs are an all-aluminum, active, five-way horn-loaded system that stand just a couple inches short of eight feet tall and weigh more than 1000 pounds each. The specifications for this system are as follows:

Driver Complement:

  • 1 x 1″ horn loaded tweeter
  • 1 x 6″ horn loaded upper midrange
  • 1 x 20” horn loaded lower midrange
  • 1 x 12” horn loaded Midbass
  • 1 x 15” Woofer, coupled with a 4,000 watt amplifier

Sensitivity: 114dB

Impedance: 16 Ohms

Dimensions:

  • Height: 94″ (238 cm)
  • Width: 18″ (footprint) – 48″ (top) (45/122 cm)
  • Depth: 42″ (footprint) – 65″ (top) (106/165 cm)
  • Weight: 1100 lbs. each (499 kg)

These speakers allegedly require 10 amplifiers, with technical aspects including the throat of each horn that consists of a high-sensitivity compression driver among the highpoints. Alongside the CNC-milled horns are six ALE compression drivers and four custom-made mid/bass and bass drivers, divided by an active DSP-controlled crossover. They weigh roughly a half a ton each and demand an 18-month lead time.

Make sure to factor both of those in when you place your order with Magic Audio. You can find a dealer near you that sells their products by visiting the Magic Audio website.

6. Backes & Müller BM 100 – $550,000

The German audio equipment company Backes & Müller has been manufacturing active loudspeakers for more than 40 years. Their BM line 100 stands roughly 7.5 feet tall and has an oddly elegant look. The reason behind the system’s peculiar appearance has to do with the fact that sound resonates differently based on room size. These speakers are designed in such a way to facilitate the sound reproduction process.

This system utilizes a FIRTEC technology to delicately separate the component’s signals. The sound waves then combine to an accurate sound, which can be optimized based on the space with the assistance of extra filters. The large, mid-range horn is 7.5 feet tall, with a front area that spans 5.7 feet. Bass jets flank the speaker to create a sound wall of over 32-foot-long bass waves.

These speakers can be purchased from Backes & Müller for an estimated $550,000, as they do not list their prices online. To get your hands on this system, you’ll need to reach out to them directly and inquire.

7. California Audio Technology (CAT) MBX Line – $500,000

California Audio Technology, or CAT, is well-known across the globe for their ability to customize stereo systems for any space. According to CAT, their custom sound systems are only limited by your imagination (and probably your budget). Working closely with the world’s best architects, builders, designers, and creative homeowners, they’ve crafted custom speakers and systems of all sizes, shapes, colors, materials, and finish.

Within CAT’s customizable stereo equipment options, their MBX line is estimated to cost about $500,000. However, given the sheer amount of customization that they offer, a stereo system could cost as much as $16 million depending on consumer specifications. This system in particular can be expanded to up to 10 drivers per channel, 21 total channels, and 100 subwoofers.

Reach out to California Audio Technology today to learn more about their MBX line and start building your customized stereo system, or look into finding a local dealer that offers their products in your area.

8. Kharma Enigma Veyron EV-2 – $437,000

Founded in the Netherlands, Kharma began with its Ceramique line, which included ceramic drivers. Nowadays, the ceramic drivers have been replaced by Kharma composite drivers made of carbon fiber. With more than 30 years of audio manufacturing and design experience, paired with only the best materials and technological insight, Kharma has created one of the best sound systems available.

Their Enigma Veyron EV-2 will cost you an estimated $437,000 for the pair, but the system well worth the price. The cabinet is made out of CNC-milled bulletwood plates, while the speaker itself boasts a triple diamond tweeter, and a special integrated diamond stand with diamond cones on a diamond plate.

Kharma products can be found all over the world, with their worldwide network of dedicated and qualified distributors. Reach out to them directly to place an order for their Enigma Veyron EV-2 system or find a dealer that sells their systems near you.

9. Acapella Audio Arts’ Sphäron “Excalibur” – $380,000

Another German audio equipment company, Acapella Audio Arts has been delivering audio solutions for more than 45 years. They have been recognized around the world as one the leading manufacturers of horn loudspeakers. Their Sphäron Excalibur system is a combination of the Sphäron and a horn unit into one single system. To perform properly, this classic, horn-shaped system must be placed in a room larger than 40 square meters, or 430 square feet.

This vibrantly colored horn unit measures 12 square meters, or 129 square feet, and is designed to produce a three-dimensional feel with its sound. As you might expect, the Sphäron Excalibur systems are only built to order, incorporating the latest technology each time on Acapella’s constant quest for even better sound reproduction.

When compared to the early Sphäron design, this current system no longer requires a bass horn with coupling to the room. To place an order and get your hands on Acapella Audio Arts’ Sphäron Excalibur sound system, reach out to them directly. It is estimated that the system costs around $380,000, however, since they are built to order, the cost may vary based on your unique specifications.

10. Dynamikks Ultima – $350,000

Another German-based audiophile company, Dynamikks was formed in 1993. Having nearly 30 years of experience, the company has been constantly evolving with new techniques. Their Ultima system has a slightly more classic appearance than many other systems on this list, but does not fall short in terms of sound quality. It has a unique one-square-meter box shape and is capable of emitting between 150 hertz and 23 kilohertz.

Although Dynamikks does not list the price for their products online, it is estimated that their Ultima system will run you about $350,000. Like most products on this list, you’ll have to reach out to the company directly to place an order. For something considerably more affordable, check out the Dynamikks Athos 12 monitor-type loudspeakers, which will cost you around $30,000 for the pair.

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