Thursday, 01 June 2000
Jerry Del Colliano
I received an e-mail from a reader on the topic of why Generations X and Y are not audiophiles. There are many reasons. Baby boomers practically invented audiophilia in the late 1960s and 1970s. When Boomer men went to college, the first thing they did was to buy the biggest, badest hi-fi systems they could afford. From there, the addiction for hi-fi gear and new music only grew. In the following years, the high-end companies that own most of today’s market share developed from paternalistic, one-man operations into multi-million dollar companies. This business model lasted nearly until the end of the 1990s, seemingly catering well to an affluent male audience who kept buying more and more audio and video equipment, as well as software.