Entertainment Perfection for a Pretty Penny

Inside a luxury home located outside Los Angeles, Goldmund has created a showcase theater with 32 channels of audio — a good home system has five channels — delivered by 56 separate speakers. Audiophiles should expect a $1 million price tag for a similar system.

If the price doesn't scare potential customers away, the utility bill might. All the horsepower needed to run those high-end components would not make environmentalists happy. Goldmund's luxury theater uses 13,000 watts of power.

'Specifications Are B.S.'

Back in Rosen's home above Park Avenue, he spelled out, in his typical New York straight-shooter style, why the price was worth it to him.

"I've had lots of systems in my day. I read all the audio magazines every month. The truth is all the specifications are B.S.," he said. "It comes down to, you just need to listen to it, and with this system you just know you are hearing the absolute sound."

Goldmund's Brent Lee explains that Rosen's system is good, but it's not the best the company has to offer.

"Right now he has great equipment and he has been able to start off slowly and grow, but there is some room to improve if he wants to," Lee said. "He has the power to go from Dolby 5.1 to 16 or 32 channels for even more detail in the sound quality."

But for now Rosen is content.

"This is really my fun. I don't have too many bad days, but when I do, I come into this room, listen to some music for an hour and worries just melt away."

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