A place of honor

April 22, 2021
 by Paul McGowan

If you’re an important person invited to dinner, tradition suggests you be given the place of honor, perhaps the seat next to the host.

But places of honor aren’t reserved for just the dinner table.

In our home, the first thing you notice upon entering the living room is our beloved HiFi system.

You notice it because it occupies a place of honor, there for all to see, hear, and enjoy.

More than invited guests, our HiFi systems are valued family members that contribute greatly to our well being.

They deserve a place of honor.

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24 comments on “A place of honor”

  1. I think everyone out of our nerdy audiophile crowd would see this post as a proof were exactly that. Donโ€™t let this read a โ€œnormalโ€ person in your environment ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Only a blind person could possibly miss the four black
    ‘boxes’ in my living room, that take up a whole wall.
    Guests are always offered the ‘Place of Honour’…
    it’s called the audio sweet-spot ๐Ÿ˜‰

    (‘Normal’? What’s normal?)

  3. My reply to my guests. โ€œ Yes. Sit there. Youโ€™ll like it I promise. โ€œ
    I have a 5.1 surround system, so designating one to sit in the center of my 9 foot couch is best.

  4. Na, not anymore for me. Visitors to my house see an unobtrusive soundbar under the TV (5.1 at least using some kind of fancy software) and no boxes or speakers in sight. To see those one must go to the basement, where there is a room the same size as the family room upstairs, into which are various pieces of audio equipment, my at-home-COVID office and the reproduction electronics. My wife refers to it as “my workshop”. New addition to that space is an ultrasonic record cleaning machine. That is the tinker space.

    I am fine with it that way, the stuff upstairs would be far too cluttered for my current line of thinking, I would rather see the nature outside through the big windows than boxes of any shade or color. Just me of course, your mileage may vary.

  5. FR,
    If we’re comparing “number of black boxes” this morning then I “win” with (9). Two stereo amps, DAC, LMS, disc transport, line preamp, phono preamp, TT motor control and subwoofer. My elder son also refers to my gear as “boxes” but I think he means it in a derogatory way. What do “kids” know these days with there compressed, on-the-go musical sense (or lack thereof).

    The audio system is certainly in a place of honor as it takes up a good amount of space in the living area. Oh, almost forgot several other “black boxes” in the form of room treatment panels which would add another (10) if you include the tri-traps. I guess the diffuser/absorber panels (x2) don’t count because they aren’t black. And the SP3 regen is silver so that’s out too.

    1. ๐Ÿ˜‰ apropos amount of black boxes….the cartoon-famous โ€žnon-inconvenienceโ€œ of digital recently gave this a hefty push by the need of several separate converters and stuff with all their separate power supplies. Only the expense for corresponding power cords may surpass the cost of this equipment itself. Time for a Paul-all-in-one-solution again ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. kc123,
      I got up to eight black boxes once upon a time (1988 to 1993)
      then I rationalized & eventually got down to four.
      CD’s only these days ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Btw, it’s not a competition…not anymore ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Not me. My 2 channel stuff (Maggies) is in a small room on the other side of the house. The living room has the tv with the Goldenears tucked in as unobtrusively as possible.

    On another subject, I wonder why robots aren’t allowed to log in and comment. Seems discriminatory.

      1. It took time, but eventually you had to get back to saying something stupid.
        Not a robot, but a person with huge respect for science and objectivity in general.
        Love is subjective. No measurements for that.
        And by the way, as I mentioned before, the hifi is not the center of the house or our lives. The room formerly called “living” has a piano, a guitar, the 2-channel system which does not include a TT, it does have a dusty CD player but relies on the iPad to run the Mac. The sound is almost identical in the room for three sets in front of it. No minimal sweet spot either. Not needed.

  7. May I add? Second floor living room….a place for friends, family and converstaion…..Bose wave system tucked in a corner on a nick nack rack.

    First floor living room (18X24X8′) ? Leather couch seating for three, 20′ back from the electrostats / 2.1ch audio system at the front wall. ATS sound panels behind seating area. Thats all.. As wide open as any one of PS Audio’s listening rooms.

    It’s about as high on the honor roll as a system can be placed LOL.

    ….Signed, ‘feeling very fortunate’ (O:

  8. When we bought the house that we now have lived in for almost 20 years my wife agreed to let me put my stereo system in the “great” room the house. It is a large space (30′ x 27′ x 11″) which is very open with most of it being living room and a small slightly elevated area in on corner is the dining room. So anyone who comes to dinner at our house ( this has not happened since the pandemic struck ) not only sees my stereo system, they get to hear my stereo system during dinner.

  9. My spacious, high-ceilinged living room is my music room and audio temple with many places of honor. In it I have a three-manual digital pipe organ, a seven-foot Concert Reserve Yamaha grand piano and two stereo systems, plus living room furniture. It opens to the adjacent dining area and has windows on all sides. Because ceiling and wall planes are angled and there is a good mix of absorptive and reflective surfaces, acoustics are almost ideal. I say almost, because nothing is perfect.

  10. The sweet spot is great but my system sounds great from anywhere. Sometimes I prefer not being in the sweet spot and just lying on the couch. I want to be comfortable if I’m listening for long periods of time.

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