Home | Audio Reviews | Audio Shows | Partner Mags | News  

 

 

Enjoy the Music.com

Issue 69    November 2009
An Interesting Year
Editorial By Alan Sircom

 

Hi-Fi+    Issue 69    November 2009  This is the last issue of 2009. It's been an ‘interesting' year, in the style of Chinese curses. The hi-fi industry has been challenged by the economic uncertainty of recent months; it has had to streamline and change, belts have been tightened. Whether what survives this economic storm proves to be stronger than before remains to be seen, but there are some small signs that signal hope.

Perhaps the biggest and best sign is from you, the readers and the buyers of hi-fi. Yes, you recognize that things get rationalized in these difficult times, and sometimes that process is uncomfortable. But many are shaking off the gloom that seems prevalent in the news and enjoying music again. This year's round of audiophile shows (and there are many, dotted around the world this time of year) have seen unexpectedly high attendance figures and people taking interest in hi-fi in all its guises once more. And people are taking the time to shake off some of their long-held prejudices and test their beliefs and opinions; hard-core valve types turning their mind to solid-state (or vice versa), box speaker fans trying out panels... there are even die-hard CD users looking kindly upon music servers, computer audio and the Squeezebox.

There's also a rare spirit of camaraderie among the people making the next generation of products you will want to own. People normally at loggerheads with one another are working together, bitter rivals solving their differences (sometimes even without the use of alcohol) and striving to make the audio experience better than ever for their customers. The cynic inside me says this happy-clappy togetherness will last about as long as it takes to find the next client and will all be just a dim memory when the recession comes to an end. But right now, the optimist is winning the war and hopes this is a sustaining force for good in the industry.

Part of the reason for the working together comes down to current economic forces. But not all; the ingress of computer audio technology leaves some amplifier and speaker makers scratching their collective heads and those in the know are often collared by those wanting to know about tomorrow's audiophile source components.

Hopefully, that's where we come in. Onwards to 2010!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
 

Quick Links


Audiophile Review Magazine
High-End Audio Equipment Reviews

 

Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Preamplifiers
Amplifiers
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc
Ultra High-End Audio Reviews

 

Videos
Enjoy the Music.TV

 

Columns
Editorials By Tom Lyle
Viewpoint By Roger Skoff
Viewpoint By Steven R. Rochlin
Various Think Pieces
Manufacturer Articles


Show Reports
AXPONA 2020 Show Report
Florida Audio Expo 2020 Show Report
New York Audio Show 2019 Report
Capital Audiofest 2019 Show Report
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) 2019
High End Munich 2019 Show Report
AXPONA 2019 Show Report
Zagreb AV Show Report 2019
CanJam Singapore 2019 Show Report
Salon Audio Montreal Audio Fest 2019
Bristol Hi-Fi Show Report 2019
Florida Audio Expo 2019 Show Report
Click here for previous shows.

 

Other
Audiophile Contests
Cool Free Stuff For You
Tweaks For Your System
Vinyl Logos For LP Lovers
Lust Pages Visual Beauty

 

Resources & Information
Music Definitions
Hi-Fi Definitions

 


Daily Industry News

High-End Audio News & Information

 

Partner Magazines
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
hi-fi+ Magazine
HIFICRITIC
HiFi Media
Hi-Fi World
NOVO (CANADA HiFi)
STEREO Magazine
Sound Practices
VALVE Magazine

 

For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics

 

Contests & Our Mailing List

Our free newsletter for monthly updates & enter our contests!

 

 

    

Home   |   Industry News   |   Equipment Reviews   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us

 

All contents copyright©  1995 - 2020  Enjoy the Music.com®
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.