Stereophile and the love of hotel decor

I often appreciate the Stereophile review of industry shows but one thing that always bothers me is the choice of images. They often lead with a full-system image which is usually 80% hotel curtains and rugs.  That is, there's a speaker in the left, the system in the middle and another speaker on the right.  That's fine but if you look at the image as a whole, the area of the image that is covered by gear is about 20% or less.  The rest is invariably 1980's hotel curtains and rugs.

Once you see it that way there’s no going back, your eyes see the curtains and rugs forever.

I really wish they’d focus on more interesting close-ups or even montages.


People are ignorant of Art Deco years and how acoustically good are curtains designed by the years 1910 till 1935...





«Utopia is a recipe that decrease a lot by cooking time, then it take a huge amount to begin with »-- Groucho Marx 🤓





I remember Art Dudley's  photos of shoes taken at an audio show.Some included the wearer's foot and the carpet. No equipment:-)


I'll admit that I do have a soft spot for 70's/80's Howard Johnson's carpet

... but does your room smell like fried clams????????

Comes as a package deal. Writers/reporters often scramble with limited time prior, during, and after the show aka not much interest to further change the pics.