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I have two new amps, CD player and two new pairs of speakers ( all 2nd hand from other members - except one amp )

 

 

I'm also stepping into speaker modification and building.

 

The way I listen has changed, thanks to the collective membership here.

 

I don't think I'm a critical listener, but more analytical.

 

My listening chair is a leather recliner with a high back, which my head rests against.

I've noticed that if I sit forward in the chair, with room behind my head, I get a noticeable improvement in sound.

 

I'm about to search for listening chairs, but thought of posting here first.

 

I would love to see your low back, listening chairs for some inspiration.  At this point I'm considering building one myself, so a simple design would be good.

But I'd like to see anything you folks are using.

 

Many thanks as always.

🐜 ( that's an Ant )

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1 hour ago, BuzzzFuzzz said:

...I've noticed that if I sit forward in the chair, with room behind my head, I get a noticeable improvement in sound...

Before you go looking for a new chair, have you tried moving your current chair forwards the same as the "distance you sit forward in the chair"? 

 

When dealing with speaker and listening positions, accuracy of positioning for the sweet spot can be down to a few centimetres. 

 

 

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You could also try putting absorbent cushions on either side of your head to check the difference, or just try another chair—I'm sure there is a low back chair somewhere in the house!

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I recall reading somewhere that the head rest portions of high back chairs will reflect bits of sound, which are more pronounced when you lean back. 

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Speaker and listening chair position in relationship to the room is the most frustrating and hardest task to get right in this bloody hobby of ours. I’d suggest that before you waste money on a new chair just put a low backed chair in the same position , so your head is in the same spot, is it better than the leather chair without leaning forward?

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I like my club armchair, all original fabric and nicely sprung so it's comfy for ages. Plus you can really slouch in it too if the mood strikes!

 

Apologies for the clutter though....

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5 hours ago, audiofeline said:

have you tried moving your current chair forwards

G'day AF.

Thanks for the input.  I'm sitting 2 metres from the speakers, not really inclined to get closer.

 

5 hours ago, GregWormald said:

You could also try putting absorbent cushions on either side of your head to check the difference, or just try another chair—I'm sure there is a low back chair somewhere in the house!

 

4 hours ago, Vinylear said:

Try draping a towel folded in half over the back where your head is before you move your chair.

 

Thanks guys.

I don't have a comfortable low back chair for listening.

I have just draped a blanket over the back of the recliner... Hey presto!

 

Amazing that such a simple fix works.

 

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3 hours ago, Grizzly said:

I like my club armchair, all original fabric and nicely sprung so it's comfy for ages. Plus you can really slouch in it too if the mood strikes!

 

Apologies for the clutter though....

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Love your chair mate, very cool.

 

Clutter!  What clutter?

You should have seen my place with all the speaker building going on inside.  I had to clean up for my rental inspection.

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3 hours ago, awayward said:

Speaker and listening chair position in relationship to the room is the most frustrating and hardest task to get right in this bloody hobby of ours.

Yeah man.

Not easy moving 'all' the furniture around, over and over, until we get it right.

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2 hours ago, BuzzzFuzzz said:

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Thanks guys.

I don't have a comfortable low back chair for listening.

I have just draped a blanket over the back of the recliner... Hey presto!

 

Amazing that such a simple fix works.

 

My previous speakers had a terrible bounce off the floor in front of me due to the location of the mid and tweeter drivers. I had no idea of this until one day the cat was asleep in the critical position and I noticed the improvement. At first I couldn't believe what I was hearing.:lol:

 

With some experimenting I found that for serious listening a couple of strategically placed cushions from the nearby couch were a considerable upgrade. :party

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16 hours ago, 2Dculture said:

I recall reading somewhere that the head rest portions of high back chairs will reflect bits of sound, which are more pronounced when you lean back. 

Dave Wilson once stated at a Demo-- there should be no chair back portion above shoulder height of a listener.

 

Willco

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setting up my new system and getting the pieces together.

 

Wondering what listening chair are people using. Thinking of either going budget like the Ikea Pello/Poang or something nicer, more pleasing to the eye.

 

Please show us your chairs.

 

thanks in advance 

 

Ankz

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On 31/10/2020 at 2:31 AM, GregWormald said:

My previous speakers had a terrible bounce off the floor in front of me due to the location of the mid and tweeter drivers. I had no idea of this until one day the cat was asleep in the critical position and I noticed the improvement. At first I couldn't believe what I was hearing.:lol:

 

 

The final outcome for said cat!

 

 

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I use one of these atm, a Tessa T8 armless. For my build the top of the chair is around my shoulder height so no headrest behind (spoiling those sound waves). It is a bentwood frame with a canvas sling so more comfy than it looks and super light to move out of the way if required.

 

 

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On 31/10/2020 at 9:55 AM, Steffen said:

 

That chair looks very drinkable :) 

 

Indeed, one of its better qualities!

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On 31/10/2020 at 9:55 AM, Steffen said:

 

That chair looks very drinkable :) 

 

Sorry, I don't get it.

 

Obviously way beyond my thought process, but I will be sitting in it this evening so I hope I don't get wet.:lol:

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On 31/10/2020 at 11:18 AM, Willco said:

Dave Wilson once stated at a Demo-- there should be no chair back portion above shoulder height of a listener.

 

Willco

 

that is correct Willco.   For me, I will use the high back chairs for watching tele.

 

chair from Freedom a while back which goes up to my shoulders - not expensive and pretty comfortable and higher in height where you actually sit, than a lot of "low" chairs.

 

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2 hours ago, frednork said:

I use one of these atm, a Tessa T8 armless. For my build the top of the chair is around my shoulder height so no headrest behind (spoiling those sound waves). It is a bentwood frame with a canvas sling so more comfy than it looks and super light to move out of the way if required.

 

 

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G'day mate.

This one has caught my eye, as a template for a DIY build.

Simple, lightweight and comfy.

 

Cheers.

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30 minutes ago, BuzzzFuzzz said:

G'day mate.

This one has caught my eye, as a template for a DIY build.

Simple, lightweight and comfy.

 

Cheers.

Wow, would love to see the result. Let me know if you need more details

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I have 2 main chairs for listening ...

1st is in my Theatre come Music room, its a Lazy-Boy, actually 3 of them, I dedicate the centre for music listening whilst the 3 are used for home theatre.

2nd is in my bedroom, reportedly its one of a pair of ex-Railway Royal Chairs (with foot stool other is with my wife's brother), Wife's Grandfather was head of the Carriage Workshops and got them on his retirement.  Very comfortable and I do my morning reading and a cup of tea listening to music.

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Hi Ant,

here's the "mod" I'm really proud of to the Ikea Poang. Just flip the headrest behind and the very boring sound absorption vanishes away!

 

Easy to try, of course if you're into the DIY you can imagine better solution, this is just a quick trick to "configure" a standard Poang as something more suitable for listening.

 

Stefano

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I need to slouch...in fact I love to slouch...the deeper the better...if I can lift the feet a tad on a poof even better...

Little table for a remote...no higher than hip height when in a slouching prone possie...back light...drinkies...CDs...

 

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