room setup question

I notice that many audiophiles have their equipment rack in between their L and R speakers (although usually not in the same plane -- a little bit behind the speakers).

My question: in my system I need to have my system off to the side, but I need to have an armchair in between the speakers (more or less in the same plane). Is this a bad thing? The armchair is well padded and not huge. It is closer to the right speaker than the left. It does not obstruct the speaker in any way. The speakers are about 8.5" apart, and the armchair is about 20" to the left of the right speaker.

Thanks for your help.

Oh...and for those of you who would correctly point out that I should listen with the chair in that position and then remove it and see what I hear....both my wife and I, who are very careful listeners with good ears cannot hear much difference whether the chair is there or not (at least based on a couple of tracks of a couple of albums).

The chair is heavy, so moving it back and forth mutlitple times for half a day is not very appealing. So I am very curious for your thoughts.
So in your reply, didnt you kind of answer your own thread ?

If there isnt a difference in sound with the chair in place or removed, I dont see why you need our opinion. You two are the ones that listen to it, not us.
My point is that based on some LIMITED testing, we don't hear a difference, but for those of us who understand room acoustics far better than I do, I'm interested in theoretically what the issues might be, as a partial way to decide if I need to spend a half a day lugging the chair back and forth and reconceptualizing the furniture layout.



In my experience the only serious problem with placing a chair between and on the same plane as the speakers is if your mother in law were to sit there while you are listening.

This can cause the sound to be a little brittle.

Good luck
Hey Jim (Sounds_real)! Nice to hear from you and thanks for the helpful (and humorous) response.

According to some, having gear or other artifacts b/w speakers can be detrimental if there is not a direct "line of sight" between the tweeters. This seemed to be true when I experimented with my system. Not sure of the explanation, if there is one. John
Not meaning to sound condescending here,but I have to agree with Riley804.What does it matter what someone else thinks as long as you hear no difference?I read your reply to him but I'm failing to grasp your reasoning.Maybe I'm just dense!!Theory is one thing,what you hear is what matters.Good luck.
Thanks Jdoris, that's helpful. Forutnately not the case here.

Tpreaves -- no worries, I've gotten used to your "I am the consummate skeptic" point of view. My response is with an analogy: suppose you test drive a car and you think you like it, but you feel you still have limited experience with the car. And the dealer is pretty far away and setting up more test drives is a hassle.

Meantime you know of some knowlegable people who have a lot more experience than you do with the vehicle. Admittedly they don't necessarily have the same driving style as you do, nor do they drive it on the same roads, the same commute, etc., so they can't apply their knowledge exactly to your situation. BUT, their greater experience with the vehicle means that before you go to the trouble of doing another test drive, they can offer the benefit of their experiences by typing a couple of sentences on a website. Seems to me its wortwhile to sweat if you disagree.

Actually Riley804 e-mailed me offline and he and I have had a very helpful exchange in which he made a number of suggestions based on his experience.


I had a 50" rear projection LCD TV on a dedicated stand between my speakers and had the same concerns. See the thread here. The perceived problems I had were minimized depth of soundstage, sound clarity, and visually having a huge obstruction directly in front of my line of sight that psychologically added to the decreased illusion of depth.

i have since removed it and replaced it with a wall-mounted plasma. All of the above issues have been eliminated or improved significantly