Does your system sound change with the seasons?

I have a highly resolving system of around 50k. Is it just me and am I nuts thinking that my stereo sounds better in the winter months? Every year the same thing. The sound is less harsh and is a more pleasurable experience in the winter months. Not by a whole bunch but I hear a subtle but definite difference in the tones. What I'm hearing can't be in the high frequencies. I'm 60 years old. I do not let the humidity dip below 40% in the winter in my dedicated music room. If it dips into in the mid 30s things don't sound right.  I installed extra ductwork to help it stay cool in the summer. My room used to get hot from my big amp in the summer. A hot room does not sound as good to me. I have done some research on hearing abilities during the different seasons but there is not a whole lot of info out there. I did find that high humidity is detrimental to sound quality. Water is reflective in nature. Just holler across the lake at night and listen to the response a mile away. "Musicians in outside orchestras would notice the harshness of the sound from rising humidty before a storm approaches. They would call it the bloom before the thunderstorm" Laura Dearborn, Good Sound. Thanks for reading.


Do you listen more in the Winter? This would keep your capacitors nicely charged.  I sometimes go weeks without listening to my main system and things sound a bit thin and unresolved the next time I hear it.

I also have a $50K  “A” audio system that is very different in its seasonal performance than my lesser cost “B” to “D” systems,(…$10K to $1K respectively)

The latter don’t have any noticeable differences seasonally , but the “A” system has its own quirks. I need to let it to properly warm up at anytime during the year for peak performance, but for a variable longer time for ?? in winter months to get it performing at my recollection of its known peak.

No hard evidence, just anecdotal experience… I dunno if it’s just the electronics or an added delta from the speakers or ?.

The more modestly priced systems performance don’t seem to vary seasonally or day-in, day-out.


Thanks for your responses. I do leave my system powered up all the time except during storms.