ASK THE EDITOR: Is audiophile quality diminishing?

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Michael Vronsky ask:

Neil; Do you think the market for audiophile quality is diminishing, or static or expanding?

If I believe the reports I read it's been diminishing under the onslaught of alternative ways of spending money on home entertainment like home cinema and video games etc. I think there is a very serious core of people who are not going to be deflected by those interests. They may have a wide screen TV, but it's of secondary importance to them. And really I think we address ourselves to the people to whom music is the primary interest. There are a large number of people like this because . . .

Shy?

Possibly.

Nervous? Anxious, Confused?

Probably!

How can the industry reach them?

Pass!

Oh come on!

Let’s hope they find us, eh? {laughs) I'm pulling your leg … a bit.

Is that situation age-related do you think?

I'm not sure because I don't know enough about the demographics re this. What I see in the young around me, because I should add that I am past middle age … but still have my own teeth … is quite a lively interest in music, but not very much of an interest in what it sounds like. Which is puzzling to me, because when I was that age I cared desperately about what it sounded like.

They are quite happy with iPods and didgeridoos which don't excite me at all. They arouse my interest; it may be because I am rather jaded and old now. I need something better to get me excited but I think that the older people who are very interested in music, for them this market is not going to do anything much. There is a small core of people whom it all matters.

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