Dream Home Theater Takes Cues from Skywalker Ranch

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Click to viewIf you're looking for a model of the quintessential home theater, Star Wars creator George Lucas's theater he calls "The Stag," located at his Skywalker Ranch in California, would probably be a good place to start. That's what home theater installer Johann Peters did, spending $100,000 to build a 16-seat demo theater with a dozen speakers, 12,740 watts of amplification, a high-end JVC 1080p projector and even a mixing console.

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After visiting Lucas's Skywalker Ranch theater seven years ago, Peters decided to pick and choose some of its best ideas for his own theater, and while he toned down the color scheme a bit and didn't quite need the 300 seats of The Stag, his final product still manages to kick some serious ass. Check out the gallery below and take the jump for a full spec list of this dream theater.

Illustration for article titled Dream Home Theater Takes Cues from Skywalker Ranch
Illustration for article titled Dream Home Theater Takes Cues from Skywalker Ranch
Illustration for article titled Dream Home Theater Takes Cues from Skywalker Ranch
Illustration for article titled Dream Home Theater Takes Cues from Skywalker Ranch
Illustration for article titled Dream Home Theater Takes Cues from Skywalker Ranch

Theater Stats
* 18W x 13H x 30L
* Runs about 12,740 watts
* 16 seats

Equipment List

* Audio Components Buttkicker BKA1000-4A Amps (4)

* Buttkicker II Tactiles (8)

* Liberty THX Interconnection

* Mackie DF.6 Mixing Console

* Marantz DV-9500 THX SACD/DVD Player

* Marantz MA-6100 Monoblocks (2)

* Marantz SR-14EX THX AV Receiver

* Monster HTS-3600 MKII Power Conditioner

* Panamax MAX 4300-EX Power Conditioner

* Toshiba HD-XA2 HD-DVD Player

* Control Philips TSU-9600 WiFi Remote

* Speakers JBL MP418S Subwoofer w/ Crown Amps (2)

* Klipsch KA-1000-THX Subwoofer Amplifier

* Klipsch KL-525-THX Monopole Rear Surrounds (2)

* Klipsch KS-525-THX Side Surrounds (4)

* Klipsch KL-650-THX LCRs (3)

* Klipsch KW-120-THX Subwoofers (2)

* Liberty THX Ultra 2 Speaker Wire

* Sunfire Mark IV Subwoofer

* Video JVC DLA-RS1 Projector

* Stewart Filmscreen 150-Inch Studio Tek 130 THX Microperf

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Must be nice.

Theater Modeled After Skywalker Ranch's "Stag" [Electronic House]

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DISCUSSION

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To begin with I would like to say this has been a tremendous experience just in reading all the comments from users albeit adulating or berating. Rest assured that Klipsch speakers and Marantz audio components sound tremendous in this paticular room. I can say this with a great degree of certainty based on the judgment made daily by my customers after they sit through a demonstration. I choose THX components that have great performance in the field and manufacturers that back thier products, yet also that I can sell in my market (or I assure you I wouldn't be building a 100k theater for my demo room by waiting for the rare customer of B&W, M&K or any other high profile/ low volume brands). I agree there are a thousand technically better brands but they cater to a small segment of the population. I also provide/install this type of equipment for yachts (the least expensive I have worked on was 3.5 million the most expensive was 12 million) and trust me the people that buy this usually has no clue or appreciation regarding the caliber of equipment they are purchasing. The nautical enviroment where they put this equipment is a disservice to the expensive equipment when the only seperation consists of 3 inches of fiberglass and a 3/4 inch lead barrier placed directly under a generator, vaccum flush and 5400 horsepower via dual V-12 Cat diesels. I am certain it would make this group physically ill. To your benefit I am glad there are knowledgable people out there like yourselves that understand this point as it gives me hope that you understand business as well. Being as knowledgable as this user group is I am positive that you understand you can only determine the end result if you have heard it in the enviroment where the equipment resides. With that in mind you are always welcome at my establishment if you are in the Portland-Seattle area. I only hope you can extend the same offer to me when I am in your city. I think a welcoming open invitation instead of a text-based verbal sparring match is a far more noble, friendlier and productive way as we all enjoy AV (but I do appreciate the lively discussion created by the article). Just to answer a few direct points I will leave you with the following:

1. The Blu-ray player is coming (I don't want to adopt to early with such poor reviews on source material that I have seen myself and have yet to decide the brand once this issue is resolved).

2. The Mackie just control only the JBL/Crown's line level output.

3. D & M Holdings own Denon and Marantz.

4. For true irony is where the Marantz SR-14EX receiver came from works in Europe in upper management for B&W (Marantz and B&W are strategically allied in Europe and Asia in case you didn't know.)