Do you share optimism that there is likely to be economic improvement in the audio industry in the coming year?
I said no because there really aren't any signs. I read feeds on the industry every day. Nothing points to any change. In my opinion, since the late 90s, it has only gone down hill and the large amount of poorly mixed and arranged "Indy" music has taken the listening experience to the gutter. Not everything is crap, but a large majority is in my opinion. Personally, my biz has been fine and I could be busier if I wanted... Maybe there is something coming I am unaware of like the elimination of ear buds and unconscious listeners?
What do you all think?
An interesting development is I have setup a listening environment outside the control and live rooms. A nice surround system which I thought I would not like surround. After I setup channel levels, you can just sit there and be encapsulated in sound and get lost. The clientele and personal friends that have sat and listened are moved. They sit still, not on their phones and listen. One friend wound up trashing his playback system and bought a higher quality one after spending time listening at my place. He said he couldn't stand his system after experiencing mine which is only a modest system. It does sound really good though in my opinion.