Lights out, eyes closed, glasses off and I prefer to keep the old buttocks covered due to the leather sofa.
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I'm with Dekay on this one. I believe that vision distracts from full aural concentration. I have a blind friend who lost his sight at age 20, and he says that his hearing is far more acute than when he was sighted. I love listening to music late in the evening, lights very low or out, glasses off (do all audiophiles wear glasses?) -- but my La-Z-boy has cloth upholstery, not leather, so clothing is optional. Any other "audio-a-buffo-philes" out there?
Agree with eyes closed, darkened room, glasses off, light up some candles &/or incense, clothing optional (as I haven't noticed a sonic difference in that respect). Unless S.O. accompanies me on the sofa late at night, in which case the audio may take a back seat to other home-made music (where clothing is definitely un-necessary)...LOL :-)
Sean, Bob's just illustrating the sonic qualities of his system is: so good, it makes you want to love and create (your own music)... Bob, I hope you don't create home-music to a vinyl background: you know, that recurrent and distracting sound as the stylus hits the end of the side...:)
BTW, I too like listening in the dark room with a view (night view) from the balcony. But I rarely listen peacefully; I get up and move in front of the speakers, I conduct the orchestras, etc.
Must be a frustrated, would be musician!
There's a streetlight directly in front of my house. I like to turn off all the interior lights and let the glow of the streetlight stream through partially closed blinds. And when it's perfect, I'm there with a very special person and we let the music take us where it may. Great music has appeal both to the mind and to that other nerve center.
For serious listening the lights are always down; low level mood lighting is better than total darkness. Something nice to drink, like a good wine or brandy, doesn't hurt, either. Has anyone else pick up on how much all of these descriptions sound like the latter stages of a good date?
BTW, Kitch, what's the source of that quote? I'd direly like to know.
.....a considerably different take on this; the other day I completed a vigorous workout about mid-afternoon, toweled off and flopped down in front of my warmed up stereo. A great experience, the music was more crisp, clear, warm, and natural than I'd ever heard it.
I've read that exercise enhances hearing, but this was my best experience with this phenomenon-- got to try this some more. But usually I like the relaxing, low lights, late evening ambiance with Shirley Horn, Diana Krall, Holly Cole etc.. Cheers. Craig
Craig, I've had the exact opposite happen. I used to workout for 1 1/2 hours a day, 5 or 6 days a week when I was thinking of entering a bodybuilding contest. I'd push myself extremely hard each workout. Afterwards my hearing was almost similar to being exposed to loud levels for a fair amount of time. Everything seemed compressed, highs sounded rolled off, etc. I couldn't enjoy music until a couple of hours later after my body had wound down.
Yes i agre with most everyone...eyes closed and i like it dark. I can just sit back and enjoy the music ....although i do get sleepy :-D But if i have my eyes open i am thinking about how i can better my sound. isint that what audiophiles do? But anyway yea dark and eyes closed with a cold drink (coke) in hand and your favorite cd. thats what i like !!
I have a 25 watt yellow light over my rig.Its the only light allowed on.Just enough to illuminate the room and to see well enough to drop the stylus into the lead in grooves! I havent missed yet!
I have found some incense help also! Dont know why but it always sounds better with some sweet smelling air to breath!
As far as nudity...e-mail me for the x-rated facts! :>)