Josh: forums like AE may help the average Joe/Jane make informed choices. I don't support any one brand, just what I consider to be good sound in my opinion. Every company advertises that they are the best- that's just marketing hype. Really good playback systems will cost but there are many budget setups out there that can keep a beat rather well too. :)
I was pretty amused by this like many of you, but on the serious side, it's too bad - both for our industry, as well as for those who could be better served by it - that there's often such a impassable chasm between the high-end audio mindset and that of the average Joe (or in this case, a female quasi-mouse / bunny rabbit creature). Both sides often have trouble communicating with the other. I thought of this while at a party with friends recently, where in the course of casual conversation, the question came up about what I do for a living. I gave them the standard, brief summary I've crafted over the years for maximum intelligibility (basically, "I design and build really high-performance stereo systems") and they had more questions, and sure enough, the inevitable Bose comparison was raised. Like anyone else who builds speakers, I loathe this question above all others, but I never let on how I feel unless I'm really pressed, and I try to use it as an education opportunity. I tried to explain a bit further, and they asked who buys my products and what they use them for. Off the top of my head, I told them about one of my customers who is involved with a choral group, and primarily listens to that sort of music on the system I built for him. They seemed pretty amused by this ("He has a $150k system and he uses to listen to CHORAL MUSIC???"). I let it go, but I knew if I could have gotten them into my demo room and played them a sample, they wouldn't be laughing any more. This strikes at the root of the problem, I think, or at least one of them: most people for whom the Bose marketing smokescreen has been very effective have simply never experienced what high-end audio is capable of doing. It isn't something that can be explained; it can only be understood emperically. With the death of so many brick and mortar stores, our world has become more cloistered and inaccessible to most people.
Great video Greg S. Hope you are ok and having a nice summer break:) Been busy at Audiogon selling and some intense work schedule but i am resting now! Sold finally most of my Accuphase and planning some new additions by the end of this year! Keep you posted my friend:)