Why I Love Our Loyal Readership
In a few months Enjoy the Music.com will officially be celebrating our 25th Anniversary. For those who've read the About Us info, you'll notice below all the site facts n' stuff that not a single word has changed for decades. And so it began 25 years ago... and I quote, "Longtime classically-trained medal-earning musician and high fidelity audio enthusiast Steven R. Rochlin launched Enjoy the Music.com in 1995 as a way to easily answer the many questions he was receiving from others online. Since he grew tired of answering the same basic questions from various people during the very early days of the Internet, when at that time information was scarce, he felt having various common questions and answers on a website was the logical action."
Over the past few months there has personally been much
soul-searching, with a deeper meaning to our site's fan mail we received each
day. Then add in the discussions between you and I during the past year too. It
could be at 5:30pm or 3:30am, as over the past decades many of you have become
accustom to our 'late night chats' together. From newbies to well-seasoned
music lovers, it is you who make me think, to stretch one's knowledge,
and over the years continue to desire bringing you valuable information within
our site. Without a doubt this is your site, and we're here to cater to your
desires. If I may speak freely, we do our best to post some cool shit you'll
probably love. And yes indeed as when I say "our site", this always
For no matter how much one tries to talk about this review,
that show report, or whatever crazy idea like years ago when we offered a
customized web browser with pre-loaded audiophile links during the early days
because search engines sucked imho... to hauling 1200+ pounds (550+ kgs) of
pro-TV studio stuff to live stream shows. While the Internet world has
drastically changed since 1995, it is you that has remained the constant.
It is our shared love of music, and in how to enjoy it to the fullest!
That, my friends, is our hobby in a nutshell imho.
Like most people, the end of the year is a time to reflect on the past, while also planning for the future.
Music. That is a small five-letter word that encompasses ever
so much within our lives. While we each have glorious high-fidelity
audio systems, many of us strive / yearn for more.
But if you try some time, you find, you get what you need...
At this exact moment within my life, a song that is ever-so
appropriate, it feels so... perfect! I'll play it again right now and listen
instead of half-so while typing this editorial. How many times within your life
have you heard just the right song, at just the right moment?
Gosh, it would be soooo perfect to just end this editorial right there. Kinda epic! Alas, like at 3:30am when we've chatted there's work to be done, words to type... and thankfully music to enjoy.
Time Marches On
Working Together To Benefit You
Our magazine partnership opportunity has been available for
many years, and we're proud to have, in total, 11 magazines that have joined
us in promoting our audio hobby. We look forward to having new magazines, both
print and online, joining us during 2020. Our longstanding readership supports a
wide variety of magazines, and you know which ones are seeking to move our
industry forward by joining our efforts and those who want to go it alone to
benefit only themselves. There have also been magazine acquisitions as well,
with new owners of legendary publications. Recently, The Absolute Sound
has brought great guy Lee Scoggins aboard to modernize their publication. The
one constant in life is change. Am incredibly overjoyed at the progress high-end
audio is making, and with Hi-Res Music now a reality it should be a seamless
transition from lossy formats to true lossless high-fidelity.
Keeping A Focus On...
As an example, our recent 2019 partnership with STEREO
Magazine from Germany has brought forth another sensational source of info. STEREO
Magazine is free to download too! Am 100% sure that more audiophile
magazines will be appearing online, including some going from print and web to
free web-only model. As an added benefit, for those who truly care about
the Earth's health, going web-only mean no more wasted paper products and
deforestation. It also means you can read your fave publication via home
computer, though odds are it will be on your tablet or cell phone. High-end
audio publications have come a long way since digest-sized print magazines ruled
None of this would be possible without your guidance and
that of music lovers all around the globe.
We're keeping a focus on what you desire and hope to
further expand on that during 2020 and beyond. Want to personally thank you
for your e-mails, suggestions, and the many discussions with you over the past
25 years. You're our guiding light... and we're listening. High-end
audio is pure luxury we all enjoy. And yes, the rumors are true as the Florida
Audio Expo 2020 is my last official show report after attending ~200 events. Enjoy
the Music.com has so many incredible photojournalists that it provides me
time to focus on bringing you special events and additional content. It also
lets you meet many of the reviewers on staff that you love to read. During 2020 Enjoy
the Music.com will have more reviewers / writers / photojournalists at shows
than we ever had. Frankly, having more great guys from our site at events
worldwide should have been done many years ago, yet it is my problem of trying
to micro-manage that stood in the way. Thus it is time for Yours Truly to hang
back and let them enjoy shows, meet their fans, manufacturers / distributors,
all the while giving you great details within their show reports.
Perhaps in the future it could be an event in Germany with a leading exotic car manufacturer. We want to bring you more events by thinking outside our 'audiophile box' of exclusivity. I know many of you have other hobbies and loves, and we want to expand the reach of our hobby to other like-minded joys in life. Our print ads within audiophile magazines over the years has brought more readers to our site, sure, yet we're seeking to greatly expand by reaching like-minded hobbyists in other endeavors.
Who knows, one day there might be a Formula 1 team sponsored by... or it could a football organization (that's European football, not American hand-egg).... Without a doubt it is time high-end audio reaches a wider audience! We're right now living in the most modern monetarily loose environment this side of the roaring 1920's. It is up to our industry to reach out to a broader audience, and we look forward to you joining us in helping make this a reality.
Each day billions of people enjoy music. It's time to branch out while global growth is peaking. If not you, then who? If not now, then when? What are you doing to broaden the reach of high-end audio to music lovers worldwide? We are very grateful to those who have joined our efforts over the past 25 years, as Enjoy the Music.com looks forward to the next 25.
As always, in the end what really matters is that you...