Poll: What's wrong with high-end audio?
High-end audio flat-out sounds better; it's a better investment than mass market audio, and it looks great. Most high-end audio bashers don't know what they're talking about.
I know what's wrong with high-end audio: it's a secret.
Unlike high-end cars, watches, clothing, etc., 99 percent of potential high-end audio buyers are completely unaware of its existence. It's interesting, car magazines regularly plaster shots of cars that only a miniscule number of readers could ever buy, apparently because guys who drive Dodge Caravans love to read about Ferraris. Even the New York Times runs fawning features about the glories of exotic cars and not a peep about high-end audio.
High-end audio magazines and Web sites are only read by folks already in the game; the Audiophiliac's primary mission is bringing awareness of the better stuff to the wider world.
Sure, a lot of high-end audio is silly expensive, but there's a lot of Audiogon. Chances are your five year old Sony receiver is nearly worthless, so it may actually cost more to own than a that you can use for decades.. And the price of entry plummets when you buy used gear on eBay or
When you factor in just how long a great set of speakers or electronics can last, it's easier to swallow the investment. A good friend is still using a. If you really love music, don't you want to hear it sound as good as it can?
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