I came across this article http://www.audaud.com/article.php?ArticleID=1338
and thought it may be good fodder for discussion here. The author covers a lot of ground regarding high-end audio. Some (maybe a lot) has been discussed before, but it is always interesting to read new missives. Stereophile gets a few mentions, mostly in a negative way, though. I find myself agreeing with much of what the author says. Like the inability to find expansive classical sections to explore at bricks and mortar record stores (I used to love spending an afternoon at Tower, but now their classical section looks like Best Buy's.) Or the state of equipment availability and reviews. I can't agree with his prediction that the future of high-end is combining audio with video to make it "more involving." Not for me, thank you. I don't want to be anywhere near a TV when listening to music. I would rather close my eyes and let my brain paint a picture as the music plays.
After reading this article, I keep coming back to the eternal question - if we grunts can identify the problems confronting the industry (hardware and software wise) and seemingly know potential solutions, how come the guys getting the big bucks can't figure it out???
Disclaimer: I don't know anything about the Audiophile Audition website. This is the first time I have been there. I actually found this article through a link in an industry e-newsletter I get at work (I am in high-reliability electronics manufacturing.)