Jerry, I couldn‘t agree more with much of what you say, and where I may differ is inconsequential. But I also wonder if part of them problem hits upon two issues: a lack of mid-fi oriented brick and mortar establishments, and changes in the way younger folks consume music.\n\nAt 56 I well remember having a variety of home audio stores in my teens and twenties at which i could spend hours talking with salespersons and ogling the unattainable equipment, while saving for the attainable. I just don’t see those stores any longer. There are some, but they are far and few between the big box consumer electronics stores and the high end folks. My two local establishments cater mostly to high end home theater sales and installation and offer the higher-end of mid-fi, but almost as a second thought.\n\nI can also honestly say I personally know not a single person my age or younger within 20-years who has a real stereo of any nature. Sound bars. Check. Bluetooth speakers. Check. Cheap in-ears. Check. I just don’t think most people in their 20’s and 30’s seem to care about the ability to have better sounding, quality equipment.\n\nHowever, there may be hope. My wife of the past four years (and 17-years my junior) had never in her life heard music played on anything but cheap stereos. She didn’t know one could own a home stereo which could replicate at suitable volume the sound of live music, especially voices, with which she was personally and intimately familiar. We recently purchased a pair of Magnepan .7’s and when connected to my Parasound Halo Integrated she had the opportunity to hear a vocalist with whom she was very familiar in a live environment. She commented how this setup made it sound like the artist was right there with us.\n\nThis is, to my way of thinking, the way to get people to sit up and take notice of better sounding equipment. But without a place to go, sit, and audition I don’t know how we enthusiasts can ever hope to generate both interest and excitement in audio equipment.