You should worry about your chair

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Just when you thought it was safe to relax in your listening room and enjoy the music let me make you aware of the damage your chair might be inflicting on the music. Yes, the chair. One of the items of furniture in the room you should be careful with is the chair and its back. If you're using a low back chair as your main listening seat, you're good to go. But if you're using a high back chair, a couch or anything much larger than you are, it's changing the sound. I changed all the chairs out in my listening room to ones with a simple wooden frame and cushion that I sit on. There are as acoustically transparent as I can find. I think they were from Ikea and they cost me about $150 each. Interestingly enough they have high backs but are shaped such that the back doesn't interfere with the sound if you remove the head rest it comes with. Here's a picture of mine I think it's called the Poang chair and you can get it online.

I am sure there are many fine chairs out there but just be careful to do what I did, remove the headrest, or go low back. It makes a difference.
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