I'd still enjoy the luxury of vision:-) can't you?
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I do not worry about it. i have listened to music for enjoyment for 45 years. That is every day, at least part of the day. My mind is really rewired to listen to music.
It is like the music part is really wired in. the rest just runs around the outskirts...
So dark, light, whatever, the music is center stage in there full time.
Thinking is peripheral.
What do I do? Well, I try to avoid "scientific research" telling me what to do. Scientific research once showed that the world was flat and that witches should be burned at the stake.
But I like listening in the dark so that I don't have to catch my big gut out of the corner of my eye, or have my attention drawn to the paintings in my listening room. On the other hand, I sometimes have trouble finding my martini. Then again "scientific research" has found that alcohol dulls the senses, so there you go again.
The aquarium between my speakers is too beautiful to not look at while I listen-especially when the rest of the house is dark. Don't bother with comments about it destroying my imaging or S/N ratio-I've had a five foot long aquarium in between my speakers for over 35 years everywhere I've lived and never had a second thought about it. Many of my fish last longer in my living room than hifi components-no fish swapping!
I agree 100% and have done this for years. Try this to and I'm not joking,take a gatefold LP, open it and rest in on your shoulders behind your head so the album jacket creates a wall behind your ears and sit in your sweetspot between your music. Tell me you don't hear more detail and ambiance in the music.
I totally agree that listening in the dark is preferable MOST of the time. I think one can get a better sense of the stage and for some reason ( apparently psycho-acoustic) one hears small details better. OTOH, when it is time to flip that darn 45rpm LP, you better get up and know what NOT to trip over to get to the light switch!
I agree to the dark room thing. It leaves less distraction for the senses, more for imagination, more preceptable soundstage, less RF at night, seems more holographic and easier to get lost in the music, I can pretend that those pretty little lights on my gear are really the sound equipment a darkened live concert and most of all, its more fun!
I concur. I always do my critical listening between midnight & 6am. This is especially important for those poor souls who live in one of our major U.S. cities (on the grid).
I am fortunate not to live on the grid. Still, there are discernible difference(s) between daylight & night light listening. Happy Listening (in the dark)!
Buconero117: That makes sense to me but I find that my mood or excitement of listening to a new lp or preconceived notion of how a brand new lp may sound affects my listening experience much more. (All of this may be in the same ballpark though) However, late at night, listening with the lights on just doesn't get it.