With my stereo system I love seeing the components. Much of what we buy in this hobby has required the design work of many industrial designers and much of it is beautiful if not down right sculptural (My wife would disagree, she refers to my listening room as the bachelor pad) although the aesthetics of my coponents are secondary to the sound. I think it's a shame to hide equipment for aesthetic reasons but especially if it degrades the sound. As an example, I'm sure there are some really nice in wall speakers but generally speaking freestanding speakers are going to have a better sound. From what I've seen in this line of work, people in the hobby generally like to see the components, architect or not. People not in the hobby generally don't, architect or not.
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