Poll: Are there any young audiophiles?

Lots of people love music, but twenty- or thirty-something audiophiles are rare. Why is that?

Where are the under-30 audiophiles? I don't know a single one here in New York City. Sure, high-end audio gear can be expensive, but that's no excuse. A pair of Audioengine 2 speakers ($199) and an iPod can sound pretty sweet. Maybe an older relative would be happy to give you a hi-fi or speakers they don't use anymore. There's no shortage of dirt-cheap, decent-sounding gear at yard sales, and there are lots of awesome deals on used hi-fi classics at Audiogon . So high prices can't be the only reason why young people aren't becoming audiophiles or reading audio magazines like Stereophile or Tone Audio. Hey, I read car magazines filled with Ferraris and Porsches when I was a kid working at a supermarket.

Audioengine 2 speakers, audiophile sound for $199 Audioengine

Head-Fi, an international headphone club and forum seems to have lots of younger members; I'm hoping some of the next generation of audiophiles will come from Head-Fi. For $300 or $400 you can buy brand new world-class headphones . I'm working on a review of a $219 tube headphone amplifier kit that sounds amazing. Not just amazing for the money, it's a great sounding amp, period.

I'd love to hear from under 30 audiophiles in the Comments section. Please share any ideas you have about how the high-end audio industry could attract younger buyers.

Where will the next generation of audiophiles come from?

Where will the next generation of audiophiles come from?

About the author

Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg has also worked as a high-end audio salesman, and as a record producer. Steve currently reviews audio products for CNET and works as a freelance writer for Home Theater, Inner Fidelity, Tone Audio, and Stereophile.


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