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Mapleshade. All the way.
For me, room color is more about the mood it puts me in because mood alters perception.
I like colors with red, brown, orange and yellow hues. Earth tones of an autumn variation. With soft light, not this in your face LED crap.
The worst rooms for me are the "modern" monochromatic rooms with high-color-temperature lighting. Makes me feel like I am in a nicely outfitted classroom.
If I am not in, or can't GET in, a relaxed state of mind in which I can connect with the music, I may as well be lifting weights and cranking Rammstein. Not to say that's not a valid use of my time, it's just not my definition of "audiophile listening".
You seem to be of the opinion that you're in control of your perceptions, right? Let me guess, you're one of those guys that thinks he can't be hypnotized.do you think we're aware of the colors in the room even when the lights are off and it's completely dark? If you were blindfolded and taken into a strange listening room do you think you could tell what colors the walls are in a controlled blind test?
You can't control your perceptions. But you can influence them.
That's what being an audiophile is! That's what being a foodie is too I think...
It's all about influencing your perceptions, with processes either real or imagined. And if perceptions are altered, and in a way that is deemed pleasing...
Then that doesn't really matter either.
So yes, since I listen with my eyes open (to watch the instruments and vocalist play in and around the sound stage) I like a room that has soothing decorum and lighting.
If I was blind, or listened blindfolded, then maybe I would not bother to paint or worry about the aesthetic.
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