I kind of agree with you, however I find the simplicity of the Naim black boxes attractive in a very understated way. Most the stuff posted here is just plain ugly. I couldn’t care how well some of it played or how rich I was I’d never own them. As for the rows and rows of vinyl or cds I keep mine stored away out of sight.
No but I do understand it. Some people love cars and everything that goes with them. I myself couldn’t give a hoot. A to B in comfort and aside from that make them invisible. I’d rather taxi it every day and have a garage for other things.
To me, a living room is not just there for a sofa plus ornaments. Functional items go in there associated with how you spend free time in your household. Maybe there’s a TV; maybe there isn’t. Maybe there’s a games cupboard; maybe not. Maybe a pool table; maybe not. And maybe 3 racks of hifi; and maybe not.
My brother has a pinball machine abd a pool table in his but rolls his eyes at the idea of a rack of hifi. I do the same about his pinball machine.
the madness here is that some buy that , and at high prices
It’s a case of more money than sense.
the same applies in modern art . People buy because it costs a lot.
Now we’re entering a different argument, I like a lot of modern art (not all of course).
not all of course. Just an example where money that sense.
I think that in many cases there is a different reason in art purchases. Apart from Pete’s point that there is good expensive art out there, sadly a lot of art purchases these days are investments, “name” artists tend to see prices rise appreciably. Whereas I don’t see many of these making millions at auction in a few years. (Fine wine is another area where investors are driving prices up, rather than wine lovers.)
Some of this stuff would deprecate so quickly it’d be worth more as scrap, some simply wouldn’t sell at all. Most of it your significant other half wouldn’t allow it in the house.
The Jeff Koons rabbit sold for $93 Million a few months ago.
Agreed ridiculous price, but it still looked like a rabbit.
Ok maybe not
I’m pretty much in agreement with you here. If I could have the whole system invisible, I’d do it. The nearest I can think of that’s achievable is to have nothing but a pair of speakers and a wireless access point in the listening room, and the rack hiding in a storeroom.
I did that with a new home in 2002 time frame. Plasma display above the fireplace, Yamaha av receiver, dvd player etc. hidden in a cabinet, 5.1 surround with front and rear speakers as in-wall flush mounts. Subwoofer. Programmable unified remote control. In a big 20 feet x 20 feet room.
It was awful in every way.
Not exactly what I had in mind!!
i hide also the tv stuff, router, …but i like to see my system components. It’s my audiophilia weakness i suppose.
Good grief. The world’s gone mad.
This stuff probably has a wow factor for a bit and then after a while it just look silly. A black box can just blend in.