Get a used Ekornes Stressless off of Ebay. I think the headrest is worth the little bit that it effects.
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A chair should keep you in the sweet spot so your height and chair sitting position height is important. The built quality dictates chair to stand on all legs and not squeak when you move so I'd pick up Micro-fiber one. The rest of factors isn't important for chair. For leg rest usually you buy ottoman or reclining chair having in mind that ottoman should be the same built quality as described above.
Sub $200 for chair and ottoman or reclining chair dictates you to search craigslist or blow-out furniture sales. Ikea cheap models usually horrible as they may not be standing on all legs or squeak when you move.
I find the Poang perfect for my needs. The reason being - my tweeters are 32" from the floor. And the Poang puts me perfectly at that height. All other chairs that I tried put me at least at 35", which I do not like.
I have tried small stools and phone books to understand how intrusive the backrest of the Poang would be. I did not hear quite much difference with the Poang in place. I have been using this chair since 2005. It has a "center" marking that I have in place to match with the room center marker and the blue tape that also has the room center marker.
Thanks everyone! I wondered if I was going to get some sarcastic responses, or even any at all. It's interesting to see split responses on the Ikea chair. GeoffKait thought it was horrible, yet that's what Milpai uses and he has a nice looking set up. Funny, jaxwired, it's okay to have a headrest, just don't use it! I'm really surprised that with how it seems like there are endless possibilities with everything else in this hobby, why not any reasonable priced, well damped chairs with a footrest and headrest just large enough for your head, but with no area outside your head?? Anyways, I'll look into all the suggestions, and please keep the responses or follow up responses coming! Thank you :-)
Oh, and a side note. Samhar, Milpai, and jaxwired, all of your systems are awesome! Very very nice, even though I don't have a clue what it is - lol. You fellas are on a different plane than I, jaxwired, in my opinion and for my taste, you have the nicest "looking" system I have seen, ever. It oozes class. Well done to all three of you!
Dang it Tpreaves, on to my diabolical schemes yet once again! I figured I'd start with the chair question and ease my way into the address question mid thread, based on which Ikea people are shopping at! You know, all this would be much easier if you would just join me on the dark side, where we all know the music sounds better as there are less distractions anyways ;-)
I use my office chair, a Herman Miller Aeron. It's so comfy, & you can roll it around to get into a better listening position. Granted, they're $600+ new, but there are used ones on CL, sometimes for way, way less.
Soundchoiceav's suggestion to "Get a used Ekornes Stressless": I had one of those. It's not that adjustable. You're in a fixed position. It's harder to get in, & out of. They take up a lot of floor space. They are very comfy tho, & it might fit your needs, esp. a used one for cheap.
IMO it may very well take more $$ (than $200) to get a good
Audiophile chair; even used.
Speaking of classy, thank you for the kind words...
In all seriousness, I've used a poang chair for years and love it. Takes up minimal space. You sit low like most Scandenavian seating and it provides a very comfortable position. It comes with a matching footrest. Available in many colors to match your decor. AND last but not least it's dirt cheap.
Does the headrest impact the sound? Yes, in a small way. But it's worth it.
I am honored that you mentioned my system in the same line as Jaxwired and Samhar. Their systems are at a totally different level. I can only dream of such systems :-)
Like Timrhu, I do sometimes take off the headrest.
There are 2 chairs that I am considering in the near future:
1. The Easy Rider Chair
2. Baxton Studio Le Corbusier-Style Petite Leather Chair
I love my Poang chair for all the above reasons...I've been using it for about 15yrs, (w/ matching ottoman). The headrest is great but if you want to open it up a bit you can fold the headrest under the top "rung" and tuck it under the one below it...this reduces the height of the fabric somewhat and hence the absorption factor around your ears (I lay a nice folded throw over the top when not in use to keep it neat looking). I've even been tempted to drill some 1" or so holes across that [now exposed] top wooden rung to see if it will 'air it out' even more but I haven't bothered yet. If anyone does, let us know.
I've even been tempted to drill some 1" or so holes across that [now exposed] top wooden rung to see if it will 'air it out' even more but I haven't bothered yet. If anyone does, let us know.
I removed the headrest from my Poang as I never used it. Also have considered lowering the back a bit to air it out as you say.
But what about the chair material? In particular regards to the area around the listener's head and/or headrest.
eg: When using a headrest, would a fabric material or wool/cotton provide less reflection of sound around the listeners ears than a leather/pleather/vinyl material ??
I have a pleather recliner with a headrest that is fantastic (milo baughman reproduction). The headrest is awesome for naps/relaxing, etc, but I think it probably slaps at least a slight echo of sound back to my ears, and thus distorts the sound.