I've been asked to do an "intervention". (Good luck)

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Today's string quartet rehearsal (Barber and a late Mozart) was in Grosse Pointe, MI at the home of the the violist. Her husband is "a bit of an audiophile" ;) My friend knows I'm into audio gear and says she hopes I can help her husband with his "situation". She tells me she's getting desperate...

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I don’t see anything that requires intervention. Just a man with excellent taste in gear.
The problem starts when he changes from one tube amp (of three) to the another in the same system between tracks and keeps asking his wife whether she thinks one amp sounds "warmer" than the other when all she wants to do at that point is listen to the whole record... plus she thinks some of the funding might perhaps go toward tuition for the grandkids? Those sorts of issues. But yeah, some nice gear.
 
Yes, great looking setups and I imagine each one being dialed in to its room. But I can also see them taking over two different rooms. Not to mention that the Mrs. is actually wanting to listen to music, not components (and the carousel of gear swapping that ensues).
That's why if one can swing it, I highly recommend a dedicated listening room.:)
 
I get it. Some major issues in that household.

First, get rid of the boxes in picture number two.

Next, all of those little windows must be causing some nasty reflections. Acoustic panels to cover them.

Finally, I can just imagine how unhappy she is. That Yamaha GT-2000 should be in a system, not just plopped on the floor like that.
 
I see no problem here whatsoever other than the strange, large yarn balls on the floor in the last photo. I doubt they do much in the way of diffusion. Other than that, fine.

Also, it might be easier just to sell the grandkids.
I just noticed those soft ball things for the first time yesterday and asked if they're part of an art installation. Turns out they're toys for their rather large dog, Bear.
 
I get it. Some major issues in that household.

First, get rid of the boxes in picture number two.

Next, all of those little windows must be causing some nasty reflections. Acoustic panels to cover them.

Finally, I can just imagine how unhappy she is. That Yamaha GT-2000 should be in a system, not just plopped on the floor like that.
The boxes are recent arrivals that haven't been hooked up yet. The GT-2000 came through the door over a year ago and hasn't moved since.
 
I just noticed those soft ball things for the first time yesterday and asked if they're part of an art installation. Turns out they're toys for their rather large dog, Bear.
Oh sure, ‘dog toys’. Isn’t that what they always say … until you find out, too late, they were actually ALIEN EGGS!!

(Might explain the Barber and late Mozart combo though. Sniff.)
 
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So what’s his HFH handle?

Standard “too much gear” advice applies: sell off all that crap equipment and invest in one really good system. 😜
 
Seeing rooms like this often makes me wonder if the person is actually interested in good sound, the person likes trying to hear minute differences in equipment, or the person just likes having lots of stuff.

Other than the Klipsch's, I would want to move every speaker that I see, and then start throwing some acoustic panels around.
 
Seeing rooms like this often makes me wonder if the person is actually interested in good sound, the person likes trying to hear minute differences in equipment, or the person just likes having lots of stuff.

Other than the Klipsch's, I would want to move every speaker that I see, and then start throwing some acoustic panels around.
I REALLY want to move those TAD speakers around (the ones in the room with the GT-2000).

For monetary reference, those are about $15,000 -used- if I'm IDing them correctly. Possibly more.
 
Seeing rooms like this often makes me wonder if the person is actually interested in good sound, the person likes trying to hear minute differences in equipment, or the person just likes having lots of stuff.
“Audiophiles don't use their equipment to listen to your music. Audiophiles use your music to listen to their equipment.” --Alan Parsons

This is classic "listening to the equipment."

The problem starts when he changes from one tube amp (of three) to the another in the same system between tracks and keeps asking his wife whether she thinks one amp sounds "warmer" than the other when all she wants to do at that point is listen to the whole record...
It sounds more like behavioral intervention is in order... 😉 I mean, if all I wanted to do was listen to music (which I do), and was distracted by my brain nitpicking over which component sounded better, I'd be a bit pissed at myself. I'm also not going to get bossy about someone else's situation, but my mindset at this point would be, "You get one room..." Let that be the lab/playpen/man cave, and let her have just a modest, easy-to-use system in another part of the house where she can simply enjoy music without all the audiophile baggage attached, and hands off to swapping things in and out.

On a related note, if I'm not enjoying the sound of my system, I correct it. I don't like changing components, so once I'm settled in (as I am now), life is good and I can flick the system on and just play music.

Standard “too much gear” advice applies: sell off all that crap equipment and invest in one really good system. 😜
I would agree there. Even if I lived alone, I still would not have systems strewn in every living space in the house. I'd maybe have something modest in another room for a nice listening experience, but it would be minimal and unfussy.
 
Seeing rooms like this often makes me wonder if the person is actually interested in good sound, the person likes trying to hear minute differences in equipment, or the person just likes having lots of stuff.

Other than the Klipsch's, I would want to move every speaker that I see, and then start throwing some acoustic panels around.
I’m interested in good sound, but without a dedicated room I’m not interested in acoustic panels. Even if i had a dedicated room I’m still not sure i would be interested in them. I like an inviting room and anything i used would have to be camouflaged to look like something other than an acoustic panel. Just me. Having a room decorated to my liking has a huge impact on my mood and I’m guessing also has an impact on my enjoying what i am listening to.
Now if I were into home theater, and i had a dedicated room, i would do full on acoustic treatments. Watch movies in the dark anyway.
 
“Audiophiles don't use their equipment to listen to your music. Audiophiles use your music to listen to their equipment.” --Alan Parsons

This is classic "listening to the equipment."


It sounds more like behavioral intervention is in order... 😉 I mean, if all I wanted to do was listen to music (which I do), and was distracted by my brain nitpicking over which component sounded better, I'd be a bit pissed at myself. I'm also not going to get bossy about someone else's situation, but my mindset at this point would be, "You get one room..." Let that be the lab/playpen/man cave, and let her have just a modest, easy-to-use system in another part of the house where she can simply enjoy music without all the audiophile baggage attached, and hands off to swapping things in and out.

On a related note, if I'm not enjoying the sound of my system, I correct it. I don't like changing components, so once I'm settled in (as I am now), life is good and I can flick the system on and just play music.


I would agree there. Even if I lived alone, I still would not have systems strewn in every living space in the house. I'd maybe have something modest in another room for a nice listening experience, but it would be minimal and unfussy.
Well, I am a sort of posterboy for having many systems in many rooms, but they all get used when we're in those spaces. Our house is on four floors and has a lot of separate rooms - that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

I agree that the big issue is behavioural. My friend loves listening to music and likes good audio, but the experience has ceased to be a positive one for her. That is what needs to be considered.
 
Well, I am a sort of posterboy for having many systems in many rooms, but they all get used when we're in those spaces. Our house is on four floors and has a lot of separate rooms - that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

I agree that the big issue is behavioural. My friend loves listening to music and likes good audio, but the experience has ceased to be a positive one for her. That is what needs to be considered.

I guess I read the intervention part as tongue in cheek. I doubt anything you say is going to have much impact on his behavior unless you're very close friends. Best of luck!
 
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