The Youth Movement

This is very important (and encouraging!): There were more young people at this show than at any other hi-fi show I've attended. Whereas in past years, at other shows, I have felt like the youngest dude in the house, this year, at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, I met many people who were actually younger than me.

This is something to be excited about. We all know that high end audio has struggled to attract a younger audience. For the past few years, I've put up with all the depressing talk of the imminent, inevitable death of the High End. Hobbyists are getting older and older, they said, and soon they'll all be dead.

Talk like that is such a pain in my 31 year old ass, and so damn absurd. The very people who should have been promoting hi-fi were the ones waiting to see it die. I nodded my head and smiled and said, "I don't think so. I think music is too important to too many people, and as long as there is music, there will be audiophiles. Good things are coming."

I don't know what to attribute it to (Vinyl? The iPod? Death of the compact disc? George Bush?), but it seems as though we are finally reaching that younger audience. There were more young people at this show than at any other hi-fi show I've attended. Many people agreed.

In one of the Marriott halls, I ran into SonicFlare's Tyler Beebout and his friend Jackson Paddon, two young audiophiles having a great time and hearing music as they had never heard it before. It was good to see them.

John Atkinson's picture

Hey you kids, get off my lawn. Why, when I was young we didn't have no iPods, we didn't have electricity even! And we loved it that way...

struts's picture

FOURTH YORKSHIREMAN: Right. I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night half an hour before I went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad and our mother would kill us and dance about on our graves singing Hallelujah.FIRST YORKSHIREMAN: And you try and tell the young people of today that ..... they won't believe you.ALL: They won't!

Stephen Mejias's picture

Stop whining.

mrlowry's picture

Stephen-I'm the exact same age as you and I too get tired of, "the sky is falling routine” and of course the, “young people don’t listen to music anymore” song and dance too. Paradoxically, I believe it’s both the iPod and vinyl that is re-igniting passion. Oh, and headphones too. They are the gate-way drug for many young audiophiles.