Must admit to being a young-ish guy here, being 'active' within high-end audio for only about 30 years. Of those, 25 are on a 'professional' level unless we also for some strange reason count my years at Heathkit electronics where dual trace oscilloscope (new triple trace a year later) and brand new massive-storage 20MB Winchester hard drive were all the rage while working their BBS system as SysOp. We built things back then. (Sigh) We also fixed them too. People aspired to own hi-fi rack systems, big speakers, and turntables. Of course some of us still do (very big grin), yet there's no doubt things have changed dramatically thanks to new technologies plus the ebb-and-flow of 'modern' lifestyles.
When I'm speaking of modern, it is not just the latest music streamer or DAC. Look at the custom made drivers by YG Acoustics or the 3D printed tonearm by VPI. On the opposite side of technology, if your home's décor seeks a luxurious Italian hand-carved speaker cabinet then Sonus Faber is an excellent choice. From traditional vacuum tube amplification by VAC to Class D and beyond, in all my years of reporting on high-end audio have never seen such a glorious variety of products from both longtime manufacturers to surprising 'upstarts'.
As an example or two, MrSpeakers and Abyss, whose planar headphones are now a big hit and receiving rave reviews, were both just upstarts of sorts not too many years ago. We're seeing longtime industry companies such as McIntosh Labs bring back their free diagnostic clinic, which has not been done for nearly three decades! If you love reissues, brands such as JBL and Dynaco have some sweet re-births of their legendary offerings.
Overall, the many smiling faces at shows says it all, as everyone is enjoying the music.
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