As our industry morphs from its heyday of local experts to a more globally connected version, we see a shift that affects us all.
I remember well the differing areas of influence exerted over localities. Big, influential high-end dealers in one area would have their favorite go-to systems peppered throughout their spheres of influence. Thus, audiophiles in New York might have systems very different than their west coast brethren.
Now that we are increasingly connected together by the internet, there’s a homogenization of systems around the world.
I think this is a good thing because it allows us to share together information and ideas we might never have had access to.
There are no fewer HiFi experts than there were before.
You just have to look for them online.