The Sunday, April 13, edition of The New York Times Style Magazine was delivered with my newspaper today and I was happy to see a Wilson Sasha or Watt/Puppy speaker on its cover. The speaker is part of what the Times says is architect Joseph Dirand's "Sexy Modernism" take on his living room. It is good to see that the Times thinks a nice speaker is part of a cool looking living room.
However, after the initial impression, I looked at the cover more carefully and looked at the full page view of the living room on pages 130-131. About 18 inches in front of the right speaker there looks like 5 inches of a tree stump on the floor. Just slightly off the center axis and three feet away a chair faces away from the speak, messing up the speaker's dispersion of sound.
The left speaker is much worse. A large desk is about two feet away, interupting most of the speakers' output of sound into the room. This lends credence to what I've long suspected -- there are a lot of wealthy people who buy expensive speakers and components but largely destroy the sound quality because they do not put them into a room situation that lets the speakers perform at the level they can.