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RE: Raise your hand if you are under 30...

I think you can spin it both ways. For example, look at the turntable renaissance, it wasn't seniors who caused it. It was younger folk who discovered how cool it was to have something tangible and that the LP sounds better than an iPod.

The music industry does have a lot to do with it. The U.S. treats music as a comodity opposed to an art. Take the music from the 70's and imagine if most of it would try to get recorded today. I could be wrong but my impression of Japan is music is treated as an art where recording is to a high standard. The industry has taken a wrong turn along the way. Now music companies own everything from the artist to the venue which greatly reduces what we experience and what gets experienced. Bash the internet etc. if you will but it's freedom to find that music outside the cookie cutter.

I also think, and hope, the increase in audio shows and the interest in them will help with those who would be interested in quality audio. Notice tickets to Axpona for students are only $10.00. They may be too poor to buy today but they will have that experience to draw on and be exposed to some of the items they may be able to use now like quality headphones or the powered speakers, bluetooth gear etc.

I also see the audio companies waking up and offering products to those who stream, look at all the great powered speakers with DAC's, from the KEF LS50 to the Dynaudio offerings. Bluetooth equipment has APTX to enable better sound if both sending and receiving devices are equipped.

And, let's face it, individuals will find different things of interest, it just isn't exposure. My kids have always grown up with me having a system, always trying to improve, eventually adding HT. Unfortunately, none of them are audiophiles as of yet. My son is into motorcycles, my daughter is married and the closest thing to audio they have is that Amazon speaker you talk to.

Hobby: noun - an activity done regularly in one's leisure time for
pleasure. I think we can agree audiophilia is a hobby. Even if you are like me and just sit between the speakers and get lost in music.

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