Fave listening chair?

Herman Miller Eames lounge chair. There is no other. going to run you multiple thousands of Dollar though. If you want the ultimate it stops here for most folks.

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Ashley furniture theatre chair. Highly recommended!!!


Very nice choice, I think. Would you consider the seatback height (unreclined) to be generally high or low?

These might be just the ticket to replace an old sectional in the AV room, but I want something with a back that is below my ears when sitting up (I’m 5’10"). Would you happen to have a model number handy?


Hi Scott. It is a Ashley Signature theatre chair. I’m 5’10 also, and the top of the chair is about is about 4” above my ears.

Thanks, Geno.

Appreciate it…

Low-back Fortress seating. (You’ll have to excuse the clutter as I’m in the midst of a major overhaul of the gear in the room.)


Guess I am lucky, I am 5’10" and have ordered medium size Admiral, Signature base, stressless and ottoman and they fit me well. This model has the adjustable height headrest that is below ear level for listening or up behind head for reclining support. Was more than $50.00 but was on sale new for $1000.00 discount.

Anyone use a modified classic barber’s chair? The classic barber chair is very comfy you can get a small head rest that doesn’t interfere with sound near your ears. The issue is they are generally tall. Modify it so it sits lower and it’s a great listening chair. Part of the modification is to prevent it from rotating.

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Man, I was just looking at the Stressless chairs recently, but I couldn’t find something just right(I’m 6’1"). You guys are killing me. I’ll have to try some other models.

There’s always the Fred Flintstone stress-less model for listening to rock music :grin:



Narbooty, there are add on elevators for the Ekornes Stressless chair and ottoman. A simple ring underneath with detents in the top to stabilize the position of the chair.

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Thanks for the input but the issue is that I would really like the head piece to be higher.

The head piece is adjustable from 28" above the seat cushion to 31" above the seat cushion. I can push it down if I want to sit upright and listen or pull it up if I want to recline and have a head rest. The rest is also articulated so that it comes forward as the back reclines. My chair is the medium size and the large is probably higher. I think mostly the size is in width though. Not trying to sell a chair just saying mine is extremely comfortable over a long time period.

Keep using it, CD is no more apparently all your CDs are now in the clouds… I know WTF…plug yourself in and bite on this plank

IKEA Poang with ottoman, in leather.

IMG of Norway


Something I learn is that the ideal chair will have a back that stop at your shoulders, you dont want nothing behind your head, You can make a test really easy sit in a low back chair in front of your system and have someone hold a pillow or cushion few inches behind your head remove it and hold it again while you listen to music. You will notice how much the sound changes when the pillow is few inches behind your ears, the music sound louder but less detailed with the cushion present, This is because of sound reflections. and it will be worst with a high back leather chair!

Imagine why would you invest in nice back wall room acoustic treatment like bass traps and diffusers to then have the back of your chair 6 inches from your ears reflecting all the sound and distorting everything LOL


I totally agree. I sawed the “head-rest” off a $2K chair for exactly that reason.

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I used a room measuring mic to measure the frequency differences with and without the back of my chair in place. It made virtually no difference with my chair in place. So I have no problem with the back of my chair being higher than my ears.

Assuming it is an omnidirectional mic, it would tend to have “virtually” no effect on the FR, unless you can map its polar response in the direction of the chair, rather than simply getting the sum of all directions. It is a single “ear” that hears roughly equally in all directions, so that angle out of a circle subtended by the headrest is summed into the result.

And as a single transducer, it has none of the stereo and front/back spatial cues we’ve depended on since cave man days to keep us safe from predators stalking us from behind.

Similarly, if it is a directional mic, I assume you did the test pointing toward as well as away from the headrest and noted that difference.

Aside from all of that sort of “if my tools tell me virtually nothing is there, then nothing is there” approach, if you actually cannot hear the difference between having an absorbtive and/or reflective surface directly behind your head, and not having it there, then be comfortable, and rest your head.

Doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t hear it.