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High-end speakers in New York Times Style Mag -- good and bad

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.

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  I think you said it all when you said it was in The New York Times STYLE Magazine . I don't think they care what they sound like .

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Maybe I'm wrong but it was my

Maybe I'm wrong but it was my impression that it was the architect's own living room and the room was set up as the architect has the room set up.

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the diferent faces

There are many diferent faces to High End Anything. Most of them when you get right down to it have nothing to do with the subject at hand. They have to do with the perceived $$$ impression. This shouldn't be a comment about Dave's speakers though, but about a particular social type. Dave's probably shaking his head too, and I'm sure sees his products in all kinds of settings that don't quite cut it. I've tuned a lot of Wilson rooms and the listeners more times than not do try to work their systems around the speakers instead of making the speakers a part of the room. Sometimes I do feel like it's storing the Ferrari in the garage, never driving it, but that's the end users prerogative.

Where's Bobby Brown when you need him?

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Quibbles?

RobertSlavin wrote:

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.

Me too! Though I think the speakers are Sophias.

RobertSlavin wrote:
However, after the initial impression...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.

Mybe not, but it is more important, surely, that the speakers are closer to how they need to be placed than being hidden in a closet?

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what is the product?

I would have to ask "what is the product"

Is the product the component, or the music? I don't see a speaker (anyones speaker) setup poorly as being High End Audio (of course I'm not there in that room to make that judgement). I see High End Audio as being, the artist's music reproduced in a believable way. Walking into a room where the sound is off shows a bad impression of the hobby not a good one in my opinion. When I walk in a room with music playing I want to be pulled into the sound. I don't care if it's Sonos or Wilson. If I'm in the room with the entertainers, it's high end.

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michael green wrote:

I would have to ask "what is the product"

Is the product the component, or the music? I don't see a speaker (anyones speaker) setup poorly as being High End Audio (of course I'm not there in that room to make that judgement). I see High End Audio as being, the artist's music reproduced in a believable way. Walking into a room where the sound is off shows a bad impression of the hobby not a good one in my opinion. When I walk in a room with music playing I want to be pulled into the sound. I don't care if it's Sonos or Wilson. If I'm in the room with the entertainers, it's high end.

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Good point Michael. 

For the average joe, if the sound is off there simple going to think, it looks like it cost an arm and a leg but doesn't do much for me musically.

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doing the job?

Agreed! Good to see you TM

I think sometimes we look at things from our view and not what the public is seeing or hearing.

When you have something like High End Audio that doesn't have commercials on TV, radio or other means to support it, you have to be able to use performance as the drawing card. Something that makes an impact beyond looks or reviews that reach the few. If the masses walk in a room and are knocked over than you have something. This is why the public views BOSE as High End. Bose has a story line, and for the average a particular sound. Visiting the BOSE store I may have had a snicker on my face but the store minglers around me were impressed, and I could have acted like an audio snob or learned from their reaction. Sonos has done the same thing. The Sonos commercial is hot and very high end to the masses.  If High End Audio doesn't have the money for these types of commercials it comes down to the sound.

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