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We have a long standing agreement in our house. The biggest room is under my complete control for the stereo. The basement is mine for exercise equipment. The rest of the house is up to her to do as she wishes. I sweeten the deal by remaining quiet when she buys or does something that I don't "get".
To each his own madness, but I believe that if your system doesn't look good, it really won't sound good. Of course, a room and system that looks like a hurricane just ran through it can actually sound amazing, but I would not want to sit and listen to music (organized sound) in a disorganized room.
How would you feel about boarding a commercial aircraft who's construction and maintenance appeared "untidy"?
I have a dedicated room, and it is mine alone. She can do what she wishes with the rest of the house. I really could care less about the decorating of other parts of the house, as long as it's done tastefully. This works well in our home.
Many years ago I too bought an "end table" that was actually a subwoofer. LOL
I just retired and decided to upgrade my system. After doing look/listen research, I first took my wife to see the new OLED TVs. That sold her on the new tv, all I had to do was I talk up the better sounds we would get from new speakers. A week later, divine intervention! My six year old Integra pre-pro had the audio side go DOA. After talking to my audio shop, they found me a McIntosh MX -121 at the factory, at a hose-out price. YEA! I have always wanted a Mac, so I the end my wife agreed to the whole system. Of course we also had to buy summer shoes, build new landscaping borders, and I am still paying back. LOL! It was worth it, is all I have to say. Good luck to all the married guys out there.
We have a quad level house. I get the family room and office. She gets the living room and bedroom to decorate any way she wants. We negotiate the kitchen, extra rooms and main bathroom. I get the garage and she can have the basement. works out great for both of us. I get any kind of audio gear I want and her thing is jewelry
I’ve been in the audio hobby for many decades and frankly I MUCH prefer a clean looking room. I see so many "only an audiophile could love" rooms with wires, tweaks, gear everywhere, which to me looks like the audiophile equivalent of a dorm room.
Audiophiles tend to be excited by the gear so of course there is a large contingent of "I paid for this gear and I want to see every inch of it." That goes even for speaker drivers "I want to see every bit of technology that is producing the sound!" To me this desire to have every bit of gear exposed and laid out in front of me while listening to music is as enticing as wanting to live in a house where every bit of wiring and plumbing is exposed.
I do love some audio jewellery, especially a great looking pair of speakers and tube amps. But the last thing that fits in the category of "great aesthetics" are cables of any sort, IMO.
So I go for the cleanest look I can, and I really do want the speakers to be as attractive as possible, though I don’t care to look at speaker drivers. My wires are hidden and run to sources housed in a different room, and the decor of the room and speakers are selected to blend as best as possible. Using this approach I’ve put together many fine systems in my room, where the aesthetics are very pleasing to me, my wife and guests, and when music is played that takes front and center not the technology.
It can be done, you just have to have the desire. Like dressing nicely to go to a restaurant...:-)