My opinion: Very cold with low humidity. The details and sound stage are amazing. Problem is the family complains.
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High humidity makes the system sound dry and brittle. If your source is a CDP then you probably don't mind since that's how they sound anyway. I have to run a humidifier in my room during the winter, or the system is almost unlistenable!
My main source is vinyl, so this is a big issue. The cartridge and the LP need some humidity in the air to keep from building up and releasing static electricity. The difference is not subtle in my room... in the summer I have to run a dehumidifier though... so whatever the answer is, it's somewhere in the middle...
It varies by component. Several catridge makers will actually include a recommended range. Metal dome tweeter sound off when the temperature sinks to low. Paper cone/rubber cone drivers can be sensitive to humidity. But looking at it from the equipment's POV is probably backwards. Temperature and humidity will effect the listener far more directly and I would suggest it's best to set them with that in mind. If you're not physically comfortable, then how are you going to enjoy music?
Vegasrear, you can read all you want on AA, I'm not an alcoholic, and I don't post on any other audio websites other than audiogon, so how would anyone there know what a jerk I am???
If you are ever in Wisconsin, I would be happy to step out from behind my keyboard and discuss this like men, or do you just call people names from "the safety of being out of range?"
My CDP is better than yours, and it still doesn't sound as good as my TT, but you're probably not able to make that assessment in your system since your TT isn't very good either...
When the environment gets cold and frosty around you, it is definitely optimal.
Immerse yourself in music, as nothing improves the mood more than a great listening session. Forget the worries of the day and the constant stress from spouse, family and job. It beats alcohol and is better than any drug in existence! Descend into the cave and return re-envigorated - with all the more energy and patience to help those around you.
....Zen and the Art of Audio System Maintenance