Launched in early 2016, the Gamut Lobster hi-fi listening chair is the world’s first audiophile chair.

But ‘firsts’ don’t matter much to Scot Hull of US-based e-zine Part-Time Audiophile. More important, writes Hull, “is ‘awesomeness’ – and this chair is awesome”.

The Gamut Lobster Chair is cleverly designed to control the sound reflections that reach your ear, allowing you to hear a more precise and natural soundstage. 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 this unique variation tailored specifically for audiophiles.

So how does it sound?

“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”, “the most elegant piece of furniture in my entire home,” “so damn sexy I can barely stand it.”

Maybe have a sit down 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. 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