How much stock do you put into the appearance?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Chester0711, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. jupiterboy

    jupiterboy Forum Residue

    Buffalo, NY
    Yes, but for great design, there is a method and a geometry that works in conjunction with function. I don't expect to find that sort of thought in audio. Maybe here and there.
  2. Kyhl

    Kyhl formerly known

    Over the last couple of years my system has benefited from a couple of upgrades that increased the sound quality. I'd be happier if the latest pieces looked better but the sounds they make is really what I'm after.

    Do I care about the aesthetics, sure, but not as much as the function.
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  3. libertycaps

    libertycaps Forum Resident

    Portland, OR, USA
    Vintage Rosewood Plinths!!! :drool:
    Classic S-shaped tone arms!! :agree:
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  4. dmckean

    dmckean Forum Resident

    San Diego, CA, USA
    Zero, ever.
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  5. Seafinch

    Seafinch Forum Resident

    Lots, always.
  6. DPC

    DPC Forum Resident

    A decent amount of stock on aesthetics...but other than speakers, I’ve never seen anything unattractive enough not to buy if the price/performance/integration sufficed. Boring, yes, but not ugly.
    (as an “aside”, I’ll be making some detachable wood side panels (species tbd) for my recent DAC purchase for potential blingification, as it sits on a top shelf and relatively prominent in my configuration)
  7. Davey

    Davey very clever with maracas

    SF Bay Area, USA
    Yea, I have one of those too, some pretty nice looking and sounding tables in the late 70s.... The "Picture of your Turntable(s)" thread, Pt. 4 ... regardless what our freeky buddy below thinks :)
  8. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek Please label the photos you post

    Austin, TX
    Wood grain and turntables do not mix well IMO. It makes them like 60 year old dated relics.
  9. jfine

    jfine Forum Resident

    function over form for me, it's just gear. Now some other things...
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  10. Sid Hartha

    Sid Hartha Well-Known Member

    The Midwest
    None for me, but Mrs. Hartha has the final say for what's on view in the main room.
    ...not that I would have chosen any different.
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  11. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Forum Resident

    Honestly? None, whatsoever. In that regard, I'm practical in that the looks are merely superficial. My stereo is for sound. I don't care what the components look like at all, if they match, etc.

    If I close my eyes and the sound is glorious, I'm happy. If the components look nice, it's a bonus but never a dealbreaker to me.
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  12. Well I love the wood base on my 80s Dual cs5000 even though I now use a Rega RP6 as my main rig.

  13. lonelysea

    lonelysea Forum Crustacean

    I thought they were 60 year old dated relics...
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  14. libertycaps

    libertycaps Forum Resident

    Portland, OR, USA
    Beautiful relics that punch way above their weight compared to modern for the price point.
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  15. Sax-son

    Sax-son Forum Resident

    Three Rivers, CA
    I rarely have people over to listen to music, so looks are not that important to me. However, my system is vintage and it looks pretty good in my opinion just the same.
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  16. I put no stock into the appearance of my audio gear. It's not my Wife, it's a stereo.
  17. Seafinch

    Seafinch Forum Resident

    For me the music and the environment are both important and the way the gear looks is a big part of the environment. I don’t buy stiff cause of how it looks, but I won’t buy ugly stuff either.
  18. libertycaps

    libertycaps Forum Resident

    Portland, OR, USA
    Please the ear. Please the eye. Audio food for the Soul.
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  19. Micke Lindahl

    Micke Lindahl Forum Resident

    Exactly what popped up in my mind when reading the topic title. I'm not an interior decorator. :p
  20. Shiver

    Shiver Forum Resident

    Yeah it's got to look good. Something to take pleasure in all aspects of owning. It's worthy to say it's all about the sound (which of course it is), but not at the expense of being irksome or embarrassing to behold.
  21. Micke Lindahl

    Micke Lindahl Forum Resident

    :) How could audio components be embarrassing to behold? Just curious. Any examples?
  22. Micke Lindahl

    Micke Lindahl Forum Resident

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  23. Shiver

    Shiver Forum Resident

    Thinking hyper-blingy 'statement' pieces. Hmm.

    All a matter of taste personal though.
  24. Micke Lindahl

    Micke Lindahl Forum Resident

    Ok. I agree with that.
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  25. Pastafarian

    Pastafarian Forum Resident

    If you saw the room it's in you'd know aesthetic design isn't a factor.
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