But........ from a few years of personal observation, and please feel free to disagree lol.... people's listening habits have changed massively over the past ten years or so.... when i was a teen pretty much all we had was music, now teens have myriad distractions instead of putting large chunks of their time into learning an instrument, joining a band etc.... just ask any local music shop proprietor how their sales have reflected this over this period.
people seem to want a 'soundtrack to their lives' these days so seldom, if at all, just listen to music as people used to.... put an album on.... sit down, listen.... nothing else...... i know people younger than myself who have NEVER done this.... it's anathema to them
'HI-Fi' sales are down too...... people seem to prefer to go for 'lifestyle' products such as those god awful beats headphones or the massively over priced and 'creatively' advertised rubbish (rhymes with 'hose')...... even a frugally priced entry system amp and speakers will show one of those 'w*** system' pieces of junk up for the over priced clock radio it is... the kind of thing an accountant buys to impress the neighbours
so most of the general public appear to have no idea what quality sound is anyway....... show them eve a reasonable system though and they're blown away by it.......
just a few of my own thoughts on it........ lol
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