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Not Under 30, But..........

"I often feel like quality audio is a dying hobby."

It's a dying hobby because quality music is a dying entity.....

If I were only exposed to the popular music of the past 15 years, I'm not sure if I personally would have become interested in quality audio.

This is the biggest reason why I slam Auto-Tune, by the way. It kills the emotion of the singing voice..... Which in turn, kills the interest in capturing it on a quality audio system. I personally believe Auto-Tune is *less* tolerable on a resolving audio system.

"I see young people plugging a free to $20 set of ear buds into their Idiot Phones and gradually going deaf as they listen to highly compressed music at high volumes."

It's not their fault..... I would be one of these people if I were born after 1990..... They've not lived in an environment that would have enabled them to appreciate quality music and quality sound reproduction.

I would blame several entities..... The audio industry, for one, for failing to develop a decent-sounding digital medium for the masses..... (Quality digital audio is possible, but one must work really hard to attain it. The only silver lining to this is it has enabled vinyl to make a comeback.) I also blame the pro audio industry which has developed "tools" that "enhance" the performance from an analytical standpoint, but in reality kills the music. (Aside from Auto-Tune, the single biggest killer of quality recordings is asynchronous sample-rate conversion.) I would like to blame the music industry too, but I think it in essence adapted to these compromised environments. And finally, I blame the mainstream media for glorifying what I call prefabricated music. (I've actually met younger people who do not even know who the Beatles were. I've also met a lot of people who are totally disinterested in music.) There is so much garbage out there, it isn't even funny.

"Are we the last generation that will see this as a negative?"

Quite possibly..... The concept of high-fidelity sound reproduction will be forgotten in a couple generations, as music slips further into the abyss.

Edits: 04/17/17

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