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Listening Chair

Discussion in 'audio' started by Dinovector, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. Dinovector

    Dinovector pfm Member

    For those who saw or helped me with thoughts on a speaker suitable for siting against a rear wall may remember we are in the process of looking for a new house. I have decided that I want a house with a listening room/lounge that will allow the listening chair to be placed with space behind it. There seems now to be the possibility that a dedicated listening chair may be a possibility, so I'm wondering what other people plonk their arses on while listening. I was thinking maybe an Eames chair or a G Plan Sixty Two but these are high backed, would these negate the advantage of having the space behind the chair?


  2. Strictly Stereo

    Strictly Stereo Trade: Strictly Stereo

    Either of these would make great listening chairs. The Eames set is extremely comfortable. I have not tried that particular G Plan model, but it looks similarly inviting. Any sound reflected off the headrest will reach your ears at almost exactly the same time as the direct sound.
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  3. darrenyeats

    darrenyeats pfm Member

    Ikea Poang here.
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  4. AndyU

    AndyU pfm Member

    I don’t think a chair that comes up behind your head is a good idea. The very very early reflections from it can mess with mid and high frequencies. There is though an argument for some absorption and or diffusion on the wall behind the chair. Easy enough to verify without buying an expensive chair - just hold a big cushion right behind your head.
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  5. Dinovector

    Dinovector pfm Member

    @darrenyeats I used to have one but as my years are progressing so is my waistline and I worry I might end up on the floor with a broken chair

    This was my thoughts exactly, I'm going to a lot of bother to find a house with the right room and then I might go and spoil it all by using the wrong chair. Maybe a le Corbusier chair would be OK?

  6. AndyU

    AndyU pfm Member

    Hmm .. I’ve always thought the Le Corbusier chair to be ugly and very uncomfortable. If you want something designer-y a Mies van der Rohe Barcelona is nice - angled seat and back with a little spring, and not uncomfortable. Matching footrest which also sort of works as a table. Or a Magistretti Maralunga which gives you the option of a high or low back. But also consider that fabric seats might be better than leather acoustically ... and you can get the Maralunga in fabric as well as leather. Won’t leave you any money for hi-fi tho’!
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  7. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    yes , just love the poang . good vfm and comfortable and at tweeter level
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  8. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr pfm Member

    I, too, was considering a Barcelona, and may yet go that route. The Eames, despite looking high-backed, actually isn't. What you think might be a headrest is actually no higher than your shoulders, IIRC.
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  9. vln

    vln Hail the sulking behemoths!

    You remember correctly. There is however a larger version now available:


    ..and there's a photo of Mrs Eames sitting in one in a matter that does support her head, and that will be the small version, since the large version was only introduced a couple of years ago.

    Personally I don't find them very comfortable (I'm 176cm) because my proportions somehow don't seem to agree with them, but I still find them absolutely gorgeous.

    I'm using an LC4 with which I am quite happy, however in many (most?) cases this puts the ears below tweeter level.
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  10. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue The Mighty Deoxitiser

    Whatever you do, don’t buy furniture without taking Tony’s advice (from a lifetime ago):

    “Don’t buy furniture without shouting at it first!”
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  11. blossomchris

    blossomchris I am not searching, I know what I am looking for.

    My preference is for a two or three seater settee, with a deep seat and rakes of cushions that you can adjust to suit. I sometimes have a couple of people listening in.
    Also good for acoustics.

  12. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    My preference as well, but a 3 or 4 seat sofa instead, about 2 feet away from a wall/bay. Why have one dedicated seat when you can have just as much comfort with adequately supportive but lower backs which can accommodate the odd bake-off/visitors.

    I've had these chairs in the past (and still have a wooden collapsible one in my loft) and they're fine. A sofa is more practical, however.
  13. Spenagio

    Spenagio pfm Member

    Had an eames a few years back, purely for looks like the shallow architect I am, but they are far more comfortable that you'd expect. Go for it, I hope to get one again when I have the space...
  14. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I have become a huge fan of the humble beanbag as a listening seat. It addresses almost all of an audiophile’s needs; really comfortable, easy to position in exactly the right place for the perfect soundstage, no high back to diffract, and nice and cheap. A huge advantage for all you domestically challenged types with families cluttering up the listening room is it can so easily be flung out of the way when not in use, and not having feet it doesn’t dig into the carpet or mark the floor either. I wish it had occured to me decades ago to be honest. The listening position is a little low, but that improves the vast majority of flat-baffle multi-driver speakers as it better time-aligns the drivers. I find most multi-way speakers sound much better below tweeter axis to be honest.

    PS I love the Eames Recliner, just an amazing piece of design and real comfortable. I’d have one myself but I’ve nowhere to put it really.
  15. Strictly Stereo

    Strictly Stereo Trade: Strictly Stereo

    This one is just a little too much like Gordon Gecko's waiting room...


  16. flatpopely

    flatpopely Prog Rock/Moderator

    As Tony says, bean bag!

    Just need to get it past Mrs P!
  17. Rob998

    Rob998 Scimmia Nordoccidentale

    Could never get on with the Eames, which is gutting because I love the style. I always end up with a bad back when I sit in one for any length of time, and I've tried the standard and the higher back versions.

    Ikea Poang + footstool is absolutely perfect for me, I find it supremely comfortable.
  18. Hook

    Hook pfm Member

    Ekornes Stressless are very nice, but I prefer their competitor, Fjords Hjellegjerde. Have had mine for 15+ years. IME, it’s an extremely comfortable chair with excellent lumbar support. At 6’4”, my head is above the back rest.

  19. hockman

    hockman pfm Member

    I also prefer to have a sofa for 2 or 3. It's less antisocial and more practical.

    BTW I've found that a sofa can have a dramatic effect on the sound quality. I had once moved a different, smaller, sofa into the listening space when my usual one was sent for reupholstering and I got a big surprise. I think it had less to do with the dimensions of the piece than the material the furniture was made from. But there's no way to figure this out before hand unfortunately.
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  20. manicatel

    manicatel pfm Member

    I lusted after an Eames for years. Eventually got a copy-Eames, & to my massive disappointment found it to be very uncomfortable! Essentially, the recline angle didn't suit me, the back was too short & head-rest meant I was looking at the ceiling! I guess I'm too long in the torso to fit it. I still look at them & love them, but "try-before-you-buy" definitely. They may work better for shorter people?
    I now use a small 2 seater sofa which although isn't a style icon, is very comfy!

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