Friday, February 3, 2012

The Art of Listening

Part of my goal in writing this blog is to pass along helpful information to other audio wives even if my expertise is nonexistent and controversial. As discussed previously, being invited to The Listening Room for a round of "How Does It Sound" can be intimidating. Here is a list of etiquette tips I've gathered from questions submitted by fictional readers, like you, to help navigate the experience with eloquence and grace:

  • Can I lie down on The Listening Sofa?  No.
  • Can I select the music?  Not if you're me.
  • Can I text a friend?  No.
  • Can I sing along?  Only if you are naked or Diana Krall.
  • Can I clap between songs?  You're kidding, right?
  • Can I ask non-audio questions? No.
  • Can I bring a beverage?  Only if it is a quiet beverage.
  • Can I bring a salty-crunchy snack?  Good golly, no.

To ensure the listening experience is successful, ask the following question when the audiophile has paused the music and appears relaxed and comfortable:  How would you describe the sound stage today, dear? 

You do not have to understand the response, but it is advisable to thoughtfully nod your head as if you do. Additionally, this is an appropriate time to take a few sips of your quiet beverage without blurring the detail of the music or causing an apocalyptic event.

And that, my friends, is audio winning.