Hi all, I have become been lurking on SNA, DAR, Stereophile, Analog Planet, Mono and Stereo, Part Time Audiophile, HiFi Pig, etc. etc. for sometime now, commenting only occcasionally, hopefully helpfully........ I have also met some very friendly people through SNA and listened to many very good and disparate systems.
I have a modest system, nothing special and certainly not high end: Benz Glider, Roksan Xerxes X, Pure Audio Vinyl Phono, Cambridge Audio 840a and 650c and Elac BS244s. Sounds pretty good in our small living room.
I am mightily impressed with many of the system pics in the Showcase your System thread here on SNA and do also like the morning views of many feet/socks/rooms/stereos and ploughed through oodles of galleries on many forums of 'system' photo posts, etc. However, in the planning of a new listening room (me) reading room (wife) I am mindful, that for me, unless my eyes are closed or I'm knitting @Hergest I need the view from the listening seat to be more than a pile of cables, hifi separates scattered all over the place and speakers taking up much of the room. My mind boggles when I think that it must be difficult for some to even get to the turntable without trampling and knocking over expensive gear. Some of the most bizarre examples of this seem to crop up in Japan, I think I saw photos of all sorts - violin bodies, etc, hanging in the room of one bloke as he dealt with 'resonances'! I must admit I am a bit of a 'neat freak' and that would drive me crazy.
So do you think what you are looking at helps the ears? I am mindful of, and totally understanding of the fact that, form (the view) must follow function (the music). A great example of a very cool must have design piece, the 'Juicy Salif' by Phillipe Starck, looks very cool (I had to have one), but it is very crappy to juice citrus on!
Is too little attention paid to what the room, listening space, rack, cable mess looks like? Not really talking about the home cinema here, just two channel aural and optical bliss!
Maybe a new acronym is called for: AAA - Acceptable Audiophile Aesthetics? (Politically correct too, OK, I do live in the Inner West)
Some of the coolest rooms I would love to have a sit down and listen in, not to mention the very cool looking gear, can be found 'Googling' Oswald Mills Audio as a starting point to what (I think) looks good, I am aware that they have received some scorn hereabouts as to their apparent cost no object, and overly prettied up, designs, but I would love to take their gear for a test drive to see if it sounds as good as it looks! A few piccies:
What do you all think? He says, expecting sharp criticism...........
Am I on another planet?
As he dims the lights and heads over to turn on the lava lamp........