My biggest requirement is the back of the chair should not rise above shoulder level.
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yes, but more so that the sound does not reflect from the back of the chair directly into my ears. Also, I want to hear the back wall reflections to give a realistic audible impression of my visual surroundings. I like the audio-visual environment to be integrated. Otherwise, I might as well just use headphones.
I use a Herman Miller office chair at the moment, with a low back, but I feel like I'm in a classroom listening to my teacher... To make it even more comfortable, I have had to add a cutting board on top of the cushion to help with my sciatica. So, I've been wanting something more comfortable. @geoffkait Agree re: Puang, considered it for a brief second, but then realized I would be basically putting a pillow behind my head, and thats no good...
@dweller Would really like some head/neck support also as I have a bad neck and lower back - thank you reckless youth - but don't want to have the headrest part interfering to the sound as per @whostolethebatmobile.
Am thinking of something with a light mesh, but curious if that will cause any diffraction of the sound or if it would work more like a speaker grill cloth and be "mostly" transparent.
I have a large leather arm chair with ottoman. I'd say that for me comfort is the number one priority. No matter what a chair means to the acoustic equation if it isn't pleasant to sit in then its useless.
It has a high back, but I am tall. I can sit with my head fully above the back or slumped down so that the back is higher than my head. There is no sonic difference whatsoever.
Low-back chairs will reduce reflections from the chair itself affecting the sound. That, at least in theory, makes them preferable to chairs with headrests that stick out to the side. But, in practice, I don't mind the sound when sitting in a comfortable chair with a high-back headrest. The sound seems well focused when I sit in these types of chairs.
Try to avoid some fabrics like microsuede which can cause a static build up when you move to get up from it and then go to touch your gear, it can be hell on your digital in winter. Also I avoid the usual cheap leather substitutes than can creak and fart a lot when you even slightly move around on it, making things a bit noisy.
If there's going to be any creaking and farting going on in my listening room, I prefer it to come just from me.
@dweller How were you misunderstood?
@larryi Wonder if there is a chair specifically deigned to "focus" the sound? Like a satellite dish...
@ivan_nosnibor I guess you listen alone :)
@elizabeth It be good speak listen
Wonder how using acoustic wool as a "stuffing" material can help with the chair being acoustically inert.
I use a pair of these: http://www.ifn-modern.com/shop/chairs/lounge-chairs/pavilion-chair-ottoman.html
This Canadian outfit sourced a really top quality replica of the original Knoll chair. I've seen and sampled some really bad ones and sat on an original and it's very close.
All the best,
Eames Lounge and Ottoman is my choice.
We have a pair of clones (widely available on Amazon in many grades of leather) in the music listening room (also good for reading and sharing coffee in the morning). We have three total, and they are great for the price. Authentic Eames loungers are still manufactured (by the original manufacturer licensed to produce by Eames). They are much better, but cost $5k+ depending on wood selection and leather choice.
My mother works for Knoll so I am lucky enough to have both a Barcelona chair as well as a Womb chair. I prefer the Womb because of the way the fabric catches the reflections around my head. The Barcelona is no slouch either, but nothing beats the comfort that the Womb offers.
I would say that comfort would be THE most important aspect for a chair you plan on spending hours in. Also consider the way the fabric interacts with the imaging and reflections.
gtechaudio60 nailed it. At least in the budget category. I had a very similar version of this. Light weight. Space-efficient. Supremely comfortable. Not only comfortable, but supports my head just about perfectly without coming up behind the ears. Rendering, needless to say, the irrelevant foam commenter irrelevant. Again. https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S99903929/
At the top of the cost no object category is the Eames. https://store.hermanmiller.com/living/lounge-chairs-and-ottomans/eames-lounge-chair-and-ottoman/1000...
But there's a hundred out there just like it, everything from $100 crap all the way up to better than Eames just minus the price tag. My fave is the Ekornes Stressless with Ottoman.
It has to be a design that allows spikes to replace the original chair feet, so that it makes you mechanically grounded with the speakers when sitting in it. Especially beneficial with vibrations induced with higher DB's.
Build style and materials is a personal thing, but the height it places your ears at is very important depending on the speaker type and design.
i.e. ESL/Planar speakers sound best when your ears are somewhere in front of the panels. (not above......... or below)
Box designs your ears should be close to level with the tweeter. That's been my personal experience.
My custom made Gilmartin Rocking chair. Sized to my body and much, much more comfortable then it looks. Since it was sized to fit me, it offers great back support. Difficult to get visitors out of the chair once they sit down. Also looks outrageous. (The chair at the top.)
For proper back support, comfort, durability, looks and angle adjustability, it is hard to beat Ekornes Stressless chairs. Yes, they are fairly expensive new, but you can find some nice ones on the used market between $500-$700. As comfortable as it is, I don't tend to fall asleep on it like I do some of the other recliners I have had in the past. I can't even begin to count the number of times I've sat down, looking forward to listening to an album, only to wake up 3 hours later and discover that I slept through every track and two hours beyond that!
Somebody could make a ton of money by inventing a standing chair for audiophiles.
😀 Here’s an option: with tilt to accommodate for tweeter height and isolation. 😀
Going for a concert is experience regardless of how it sounds there. In fact, many times home sound is more "lively" etc. than real sound but that is another topic altogether. For some reason, chairs in concert halls are usually not that comfortable to me but I somehow manage not to notice until the end. Not to mention knee room. It is still good experience so location may be more important than the chair or some ultimate bass extension and what not.
Five hours is a long time to sit in a chair and listen to music. I am impressed how many people find that much time and patience. I usually have it on but rarely sit and just focus on music. That happens mostly when I am captive audience. Not as the one from the link above although also with my belt fastened tight across my waist etc. Now, when I think about it, you are right about the rain.
Went with a zero gravity chair. Not the fancy leather ones, but the patio furniture type. Slide off the neck rest cushion and there is very little to affect the tonal balance. It adjusts to almost any angle, and it’s pretty darn comfortable to boot.
Now the bad news, it will set you back $40 to $70 dollars.