How do you have your audio system set up in your listening room?

It's not easy being an audiophile. Once you finally get that perfect (or near-perfect) pair of speakers, you've got to find a good location for them in your room, along with your other furniture. Did you build your room around your stereo, or do you prefer your stereo to fit into your mixed-use room?

How do you have your audio system set up in your listening room?
I have a dedicated listening room
23% (82 votes)
I changed the layout of my room to favor the audio system
42% (151 votes)
It's a constant struggle between good sound and functional living
33% (118 votes)
An audio system is better heard and not seen
3% (9 votes)
Total votes: 360

Carl's picture

The stereo room and HT room have been purpose built to co-exist. And the old adage about the ROOM being the last frontier or the most influential factor is TRUE, very TRUE.

Bino's picture

It's difficult to have two things at the same time. But I try . . .

Werner Ogiers's picture

In Europe, houses are smaller and dedicated music rooms are scarce and a luxury. So music systems should be made to fit in normal living rooms . . .

Gary Ang's picture

It also doubles as my study. Deco tip to fellow audiophiles: fully stocked bookshelves (wall to wall) may not be as effective as a dedicated absorbtion/deflection setup, but it does come rather close. It also looks a whole lot better.

T's picture

Rather between good sound and girlfriend.

Brian Watson's picture

That's the way it should be! Re: your web page---you should post your recommended components on the page . . . 1 month after.

Karl J.  Paecht's picture

This is my first house, so I didn't have a choice as to the room layout. But we are looking to build a new one, so this time I can get the type of room I need. Although with a really good pair of speakers (VR-6's) I don't think it matters, as long as there is some sound-absorbing material somewhere.

Ray Milks's picture

As a young audiophile, I have to deal with my surroundings as they are. However, future plans call for a dedicated listening room!

Jerry Smedley, Bellevue, NE's picture

It always seems to be a trade-off between functionality and good sound. Wherever possible, I always go for good sound.

John Gwynn's picture

A dedicated room is the next "upgrade."

Jeremy Karpenske's picture

Living in a college dorm makes it rather difficult to set up the room just how you want it, but with a little planning you can arrange the room so you can get semi-decent sound!

Ken So's picture

It's pretty tough finding an audio system that will sound good especially, when one has a life much more than music alone. I have furniture also.

GERALD NEILY's picture

Changing the room layout increases the obsession. More obsession means less enjoyment. Set it, then forget it.

David Gulliver's picture

I would love to be able to afford a large home with a dedicated soundroom, but cannot. My living room must suffice for audio, video, entertaining, relaxation, guest quarters (on the sofa), and often dining. While I have been able to achieve respectable sound in my room, I know that "reference" sound quality is beyond my means at this time. I suspect that MOST audiophiles are in the same boat.

Matt Kozink's picture

My listening room is the most critical component of our music system. Electronics come and go, accessories move in and out of favor, but the room is a constant that objectifies the performance of everything in it

Robert Lingo's picture

I actually based the purchase of my new home on the ability for the living room in it to support my audio system.

Muhammad Mbye's picture

I find the best location for my speakers and audio equipment and then I place the furniture. I prefer to see my equipment as well as listen. After all, electronic components are beautiful.

Chuck P.'s picture

I like good sound, my wife likes functional living. I don't completely lose out . . . I inch the equipment in place gradually over time until it's found in the way. Then the inching begins again.

David Christianson's picture

Our living room, opening to a dining room, is also our stereo room. The principal benefit is that music is, with us, most of our time indoors. We especially enjoy music with dinner.

Scott Hanes's picture

After buying the equipment, who has money left for a dedicated listening room? Not me!

Dick C.'s picture

I'm not sure I fully like the word "struggle" in my case, but I do compromise a bit each way. Music is very important to me, but I have to be able to live the rest of my life, too.

Mark Zimmerman's picture

I seem to be always moving my room around to find that special spot where the sound is the best.

Manfred Albrecht, MD.'s picture

My listening room was constructed according to recommendations set forth in the Master Handbook of Accoustics by F. Alton Everest and is entirely separate from the house. Many expensive hi-fi systems are severely compromised by poor room accoustics!

Greg Newman's picture

I don't like the idea of a dedicated room. I want the music where I'm going to be living and where it can be shared. Even though I'm a Virgo, a second system to get anal over seems a bit over the top.

Ariel T.  Binafsihi, Indonesia's picture

I am really young, but I really enjoy setting up my system the way it is now, where I just feel I am there with the music.

David Hoffman's picture

Can't imagine a music room with speakers hidden behind furniture...

Bryan L.  Newlun's picture

A dedicated listening room would be nice some day.

Randy Delsack's picture

Catch-22! If I were to sell my equipment, I would be able to afford a properly constructed listening room.

Ron Steinberg's picture

Unfortunately I'm in an apartment, so I must share my listening room with my living room. But I know that one day I'll have a house, and finally be able to have a dedicated listening room.

Jason Toms's picture

Unfortunately it's not always practical to design a room around one's perfect system, but if I have my way my next project will literally be a shrine to my audio system. Oh, to dream . . .