Will mother move your speakers at Thanksgiving?

Three days til she gets here for Thanksgiving. Three days and one minute until the inevitable question: "Why don't you push those speakers back against the wall instead of keeping them out in the middle of the floor where I can trip over those wires?"

What's your family hi-fi disfunction?
No! Not this year,

We are staying home and kicking back for the first time in 5 years. No family visitors. Just to make it better, I took the whole week off and I am planning a trip to the music store (THE Music Millennium Portland, OR) on Tuesday. Then heading to Echo Audio for one last listen to the Dynaudio C2's I can’t afford. I am picking the menu this year as well - turkey is out prime rib and king crab are in. Ahhhhhhhh, it's good to be king. All I need to do is pick a good wine ... any advice on that?
2007 in the Southern Rhone is very strong. Some of them will be drinking now, and will tend to be of a generous style that will mate pretty well with TG menus, which often include a range of tastes. John
Might be safer to just move them back before anyone gets there. I've had many a nervous get together, last time my mother-in-law set her cup of coffe on top of my 10K speakers!
Doing it my old man's, which means lounging on the couch with single malt while the Verity Parsifal Ovations coax the loveliest sounds from his Avid Acutus and Burmester stack. Foods not bad either!

Prime rib and a bottle of any vintage Caymus Reserve Cabinet Sauvignon.

Crab with champagne. Pick your favorite.

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy!

She'll just go with the rolling of the eyes.


Gruner Veltliner for the white (Hiedler's "Thal" vineyard and Brundelmeir's simple Terrassen will both survive the yams and cranberries -if you're still doing that- about as well as can be hoped for. Try for the 2007). GV should also work with the crab, although for me, crab and champagne or crab and chablis are always my "go to" matches.

Hard to find a red that won't work with prime rib.

Wine, Parsifals, food, beer, mother-in-laws, killing, giving thanks, crabs, face like a horse- so American!
Horseface, if I put my face- of -hunger on and sit in front of Echo, will you invite me for food and wine? Music better be good, too!

Grimace- I like the idea of moving the speakers BEFORE she gets there.
Guests will be guests. I try to be a practical and realistic host. Move the speakers back to the wall, hide the turntable if any poorly-behaved kids are going to be around, put some coasters on top of the speakers, have a nip of the single malt. Ask Mom what her favorite music is and then play it for her and see if she wants to dance. If my mother was still around, that's what I'd do. She loved big band music and was a great dancer. YMMV.
If you'll also have white, Big House White, a CA blend, is among the best buys in wine I know about right now (12-14 reg/7$ on sale at my grocery). If you're feeling more expansive, Caymus Conundrum (25$) is another CA blend with lots of interest -- a bit flamboyant, but able to stand up to a range of TG foods. John
Repeluso....Vintage does not mean old,if that's what you are referring to.A vintage wine is one made from grapes that were all, or primarily, grown and harvested in a single specified year.
What I hear every year is, how come this is not the living room.
My Marine son is home, so I have to let the out of town inlaws sleep in the sound room. Everyone knows around here, nothing EVER on the speakers even finger prints are a no no. We will see how it go's. Parsifal Ovations are a pain to clean.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone BTW.
2007 Cotes Du Rhone is a good Thanksgiving recommendation. For a Rhone style from California I favor the 2007 Tablas Creek "Cotes de Tablas". Excellent!
Grimace - I'd draw an outline of a body between the speakers with chalk and spill some ketchup for blood effect. Then get some police tape and tape off the area where speakers and gear reside. If any one asks about the body which was there, just tell them "he touched my volume control, I and don't like anyone toughing my system."
Grimace...thanks for the laughs...I don't know what would be worse...a drink on top of a speaker or kids unhooking a speaker cable and playing jump rope??!! Yea, I thought things like that only happened in moveies? not with my family...almost 30 nieces and nephews?? WHAT THE??!! Since then I went from banana's to spades so the cable can't easily be unhooked, and also now my speakers are 67" tall and curved on top...HA! Take that you little bastards!! Happy Holidays everyone!!
People need to learn how to control their children.A good flogging every now and then helps!!!!!!!Happy Holidays to everyone.
This is a great thread…

Besides killing guests for putting drinks on speakers and then using their chalk lines as deterrent for others (don’t get me wrong this is brilliant plan) are there any more practical suggestions, or at least ideas for a good legal defense strategy. I would image that protecting you speakers can be considered self defense.

My fear is kids, we have 4 months old. He hasn’t discovered the joy (for him) of touching my gear yet, mostly because he can’t walk yet. But we have many friends that have toddlers. Fingers on drivers and hands on hot tubes have me a little worried for this holiday season.

I like to keep my speaker grills on and push the speakers back, black on rose wood is a little less appealing to toddlers then shinny chromes driver cones.

I was thinking of putting some cork board on top of my speakers, so if some suicidal guest manages to set a drink down at least it wont be on the wood. The only problem is that the guests may take this as an invitation to use the speakers as a bar table. And what if the drink spills…

I need to think of something less stressful. Horseface, Gewurztraminer from Alsace, and only from Alsace, pairs really nicely with crab and lobster. I also like German wines like Riesling Spaetlese (late harvest) from Mosel is also great. Both these wines are on the sweet side, but a good quality bottle will be nicely balanced and pair really well with seafood.

Enjoy the holidays!