First I did not mean to "hijack" the thread. I really enjoy reading my monthly issue of Stereophile but a review of speakers costing $100,000 is relevant to who?
Like I stated before the high end audio market will be flat or decrease because of the reasons stated but in addition to that todays artists are "products" and not musicians. Does it matter if you listen to Madonna and Spears on an iPod or good system? Are you really going to hear things you never heard before?
I can say that the music I listen to (mostly jazz) sounds rich and full on my system and because of the quality of music I will continue to invest in upgrades where I can. That being said with interconnects costing thousands of dollars I can see why people who want to enter the market are afraid. Journalists can review products but when you first hear a system it's the "oh-wow" that hooks people. I would look like to see more stories in the mainstream media about how good CD's can sound for little money. Once someone starts down the path of high end audio it usually can go on for quite awhile.
I love high end audio and thank everyone for these lively debates, I just wish more people would get into it via more entry level components and articles within Stereophile. I, for example, would love to see a monthly article series on "the new audiophile" tackling subjects like "where do I start?, how much is enough? & working with your audio dealer". I would also like to see "recommended systems for $5,000, $10,000 and $15,000 with a reminder that your ears have to guide you.
I do want more audiophiles brought into the wonderful world of high end audio I just know that with reviews of $100,000 speakers a lot of people are going to be scared off.