I’m with you. My system is very personal and I don’t show it of to family members only the occasional very serious audiophile.I don' t think that I've ever met ANYONE that bought a stereo system for "status". Cars, jewelry, houses, clothes, almost any luxury items are often bought to "keep up with the Jones" or as has been said for "status".
I have never seen someone buying an audio system to impress anyone else. Audiophiles pretty much buy for themselves. People with $$$ that buy a nice system for their home, buy because they like cool stuff and they like to listen to music. This is my experience with the people that I encounter.
That includes the maybe 10 people/customers that I have sold $1M type Goldmund Epilogue and Apolgue systems to over the years. None of those people bought their systems to impress others. They may have bought them due to their egos and wanting something to them that was amazing, so the purchases may have been to impress themselves but not friends, family members or guests.
One other thing is that I've heard more systems that I can remember that were theoretically set up "correctly" and they were "meh" when I heard them. On the flip side I've heard systems that were set up to accommodate living situations and were to an audiophile "poorly" set up. When I've heard some of these systems I would say "wow" that sounds really good in spite of the room or placement limitations.
Very seldom. Maybe 20%. 50% of the customers already have systems and the rooms that are already set up, either living rooms or dedicated rooms. 30% buy new systems and we just incorporate their new systems into their existing living situations, which are all over the map.Bob, I’m curious if you typically sell a lot of audio file room treatment to your clients?
Most seasoned audiophiles that I know sort of shy away from even talking about their systems to non-audiophiles. Basically because the normal people (non-audiophiles) think they are crazy if they talk about or show them their "audio system". Most non-audiophiles like music but via their ear buds or Sonos, Boze etc. Any more than that is considered "strange".I’m with you. My system is very personal and I don’t show it of to family members only the occasional very serious audiophile.
That explains why my in-laws think I am mad.Most seasoned audiophiles that I know sort of shy away from even talking about their systems to non-audiophiles. Basically because the normal people (non-audiophiles) think they are crazy if they talk about or show them their "audio system". Most non-audiophiles like music but via their ear buds or Sonos, Boze etc. Any more than that is considered "strange".
Whenever someone visits my home I don't make an effort to show them my listening room. However, if they ask to hear something I'm willing to oblige. A good rule of thumb for me is if they listen to entire track without talking over the music, they are probably enjoying the experience and then it's "game on". If they are talking over the music within the first 30 seconds, it's time to move on to another part of the house.I do get non-audiophiles that visit. I got tired of them looking at my crazy looking speakers (to them).
I now have a pair of Devialet Phantoms set up. When I sense someone is not an audiophile I say come in this room and look at this. I pull out my iPhone click on Spotify and hit play. They are amazed at the sound, love the all wireless/network Spotify interface and we have a nice visit and talk about music and normal stuff. VS me explaining what a full range Ribbon speaker is or what omni directional Bayz speakers are all about, which would just make them stare and wonder wtf I was talking about.
I'm nobody to say what someone wants or needs. I don´t care what people do with his money. We live in a free world.
Ron was saying they are regular people who loves music and i was only commenting they are typycal rich ("high powered executives") people who maybe loves music and sure loves expensive system to show a status...
No problem by my side, it won´t be the first or the last customer of that style....
The dream's customer of all distributor....
That room… I love that wall behind the rig. Really gives the “cave” to man-cave!I have some really nice sounding combinations but this is one of ,my favorites- Taiko Extreme>>>Aqua Lascala>>>Pilium Leonidas>>>Diesis Roma
Triode>>>Odin 2 cabling
Hi Peter,Bob, could you describe why this combination is one of your favorites? Thanks.
Please see the current pics below. The pic in this photo/attachment above was taken prior to our final set up, which is now complete. The X crossovers are behind the speakers and the distance from the rear wall is 1M+. Sounds GREAT and also blends in with the loft lifestyle everyday living.
All six Rhapsody.Audio Listening Rooms are now open, by appointment, for demonstrations. Each Rhapsody listening room has products from Pilium, Alsyvox, Bayz and Diesis available for demonstration.
Several of the RLR’s have the Taiko Extreme server as well as Aurender servers on display.
In addition, the Brooklyn and Dallas/Fort Worth locations have full Kondo Reference systems available for demonstration.
The Brooklyn and Dallas/Forth Worth locations will both have Magico M9s installed in Q1, 22 driven by full Pilium Audio systems.
Each RLR has a live page available for viewing at https://rhapsody.audio
Let the fun begin!
Very interesting article. I know a dealer in my country that has done the same thing.he sold his shop and runs his business from home.being there a few times.congratulations to rhapsody audio as well.
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