“The Gamut Lobster Chair is billed as ‘the world’s first audiophile chair’. I will respectfully defer — ‘firsts’ don’t really matter to me as much as ‘awesomeness’, and this chair is awesome,” writes Scot Hull of US-based e-zine, Part-Time Audiophile.
Launched in 2016, the Lobster ‘listening chair’ is designed to control the sound reflections that reach your ear, allowing you to hear a more precise and natural soundstage. Specifically, it shields the ear from reflections emanating from behind the listening position, while at the same time preventing the sound from reflecting on the forward-facing areas of the headrest that flank the listener’s head.
Design aficionados will recognize the chair’s striking shape: the Lobster Chair is the creation of iconic Danish designers Lund and Paarmann and is manufactured by high-end furniture makers Kvist Industries. In collaboration with Kvist, Gamut has developed a unique variation, tailored specifically for audiophiles.
So how does it sound?
“Heh — the chair doesn’t ‘sound’,” writes Hull. “But the music, enjoyed from the hot seat? Well, let me offer that the soundstage of my current system is the best that I’ve yet heard.”
And the design? “svelte, sculpted”, “feels delicious,” “the most elegant piece of furniture in my entire home,” “so damn sexy I can barely stand it.”
An all-round winner then?
“This chair isn’t leaving — I bought it. A wild extravagance? Yes, most assuredly so. But unlike the rest of my audio gear, I have every reason to believe that this iconic chair will outlast everything else. An investment? Maybe. But like the rest of the ‘functional art’ that I’ve acquired over the years, the pleasure is in the using. But the long and the short of it is this — I can’t imagine my listening room without it.”
Read the full review at Part-Time Audiophile.com
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