My wife hates the look of speaker stands and likes light wood veneer finishes (because it matches the bookshelves, desk and table.
Other than that, no complaints at all. She prefers The Archers and her favourite radio and TV programmes/dvds etc. to be played through the hi-fi.
She was more of a fan of our old Naim gear than I was and would be more of a 'bore' about explaining where it was made to visiting family (hers) when they asked about it. (She always approved of any Rega gear for the same reasons.)
I am the 'de-clutterer' out of the two of us and the one who wants hi-fi to be compact and as cable free as possible.
The best thing for her, for me and for my pocket, would be if Rega came out with a good 'all-in-one' (with CD player) for half the price of a NaimUniti. She could wave the flag again and I wouldn't have to look at lots of boxes and cables and it wouldn't bankrupt me.
Marantz M-CR603 + AirPlay • Rega R3 loudspeakers • iPhone 5 32GB • iMac • Apple Airport Extreme 802.11n • Panasonic TX-L32D25B • Sony BDP-S390 • Ruark Audio R1 Deluxe • Humax HDR-Fox T2
I'm also divorced but nothing to do with Hi-Fi because I was taking a Hi-Fi sabbatical between University and now (maybe as this was largely due to my living environment during marriage Hi-Fi (or forced lack of it) did play a small part subconsciously in my relationship break up).
My girlfriend who I live with now has been very undertstanding of my sudden decision to abandon the iPod dock I restricted myself to for so long and get some good quality equipment. I know she enjoys music but was not fussed how it comes and was quite happy with a basic FM radio or iPod dock - that is pure enjoyment of music in its simplest form and she had not heard a good system before I bought my one and she does appreciate it.
She now enjoys music played through my system most evenings but finds it slightly bemusing that if I had my way there are days when I would just sit and listen to music for most of the time, at a decent volume not background, and without doing anything else like reading.
I would say she finds it a bit curious and slightly amusing that I have spent so much time tweaking around with speaker positioning and experimenting with Isoplats, cables etc, but does understand how much I love my music and that I want to try things to get the best out of what I own.
She is a pragmatist though and will keep me on the straight and narrow to some extent - any mad thoughts I might have had of plumping for the Tellerium Q Green S/C went out the window when I told her how much it was. I think she said "Oh, God".
We are in dodgy territory in some posts generalising about womens brains Vs. mens brains but as we are there I couldn't resist posting this link which you MUST WATCH if haven't seen it - IT'S BRILLIANT!
MacBook Air (iTunes/BitPerfect) > Chord Company USB Silver Plus > MF V-Link II > Chord Optichord > Rega DAC > Tellerium Black I/C > Rega Brio-R > Tellerium Black S/C > Rega RS3s
iTouch > Graham Slee Novo > Grado SR80is
my father-in-law has a hand-make Simon Yorke record player. My wife refers to "that silly sonos thing".
I have some home cinema and Sonos stuff.
I'm lucky. My OH works in a record shop and loves music. Although she isn't obsessed with hi-fi like me, she readily hears differences and on the odd occasion when a change of component has resulted in less good sound she has been quite vocal about it. She appreciates the quality of sound we get and she encourages my hobby. She also understands why it is so important to me and why, after dealing with real live musical instruments all day, I want the hi-fi to be as good as possible.
I have had it the other way in the past and with an ex I was limited to a Denon DM-30DAB with the matching Denon speakers so I know how it feels when you can't indulge your interest.
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I think my wife considers that hifi (and my guitar collection) are far less dangerous, distracting or costly than a big motorbike or a swedish au pair [female] ... as far as midlife whimsies go.
In fact, she has actually thanked me for my hifi/tv indulgences, as "without [me] [me, that is] she'd still have a 20" crt black and white tv, and not know where to start.
She still doesn't know where to start - in turns of what buttons to press to get a picture - but has appreciated the improvements in sound and picture.
Any wavering, and I put Nat King Cole on the record player, and she is like ze putty in ma' 'ands (french accent on that last bit).
Main: Pioneer tv + LX85, Sony HW15 Proj, Cyrus DAC XP+/Mono X300/CDXTSE2/PSXRx2, B&W CM8/CM1/PV1D, CA BD751, Virgin TiVo, Inspire Rega t/t, Benz Glider MC, EAR 834P phono amp; Slee Novo Headphone Amp
Second: Panasonic 42" E6B LED, Pioneer VSX-D2011, Kef eggs, Virgin TiVo
The OH likes music, but seems a bit puzzled by the amounts I'm prepared to spend. She doesn't complain, but she doesn't comment on the sound quality either.
On the other hand, she would be happy enough to splash out on fancy TVs, hard disc records and the like.
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My wife (I'm not married btw) is so fat I don't let her out of the kitchen, she'd only want to go and drive a car or something ridiculous. Women eh? Cuh!*
*Note: this is NOT the same as "GUH!". Obviously.
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I would be perfectly happy for any partner of mine to hold a view on hifi in general, but as for their view on my hifi, I would give it to them.
This is possibly one of the many reasons that I am partnerless.
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"Music will provide the light you cannot resist"
I'm rubbish at finding appropriate funny pictures.
I think my wife considers that hifi (and my guitar collection) are far less dangerous, distracting or costly than a big motorbike or a swedish au pair [female] ...
Are male ones cheaper?
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