Don't you listen to music with friends? Or do they sit on your lap?
It isn't impossible to have a sweet spot and have decent sound throughout the room. But in that particular photo, even te sweet spot isn't the sweet spot because the mids and trebles are six feet in the air. You'd need a chair on stilts and a ceiling twice that high to get a sweet spot.
Again it isn't the EQ guy's fault because that system in that room is like an elephant in a suitcase.
If a friend wants to listen to music, he picks it and I give him the chair. They usually start talking anyway, so what's the difference? I have never had multiple guests when no one talked through the music. After not too long, everybody does on and off.
I am accomodating and not hard core about anything but my own listening. For me, if the music doesn't rate my full attention, I don't care about it. Phil Hill, the late Ferrari Grand Prix driver, was unusual for an American (but not for a European classical listener back then). When he had company over and put on his classical, everyone had to be totally quiet and listen.
Edited by Clarkmc2 - 9/8/12 at 11:55pm