CNN recently reported that the art of listening to the music as we know it is almost extinct. The writer stated that people's preferences have changed over the last decade and most of them do not want to have much to do with sturdy sound systems and miles of cables dragging out of the audio sets anymore. Also, the sound quality is not that much different from what we can get out of an iPod and connected to tiny speakers.
As much as we see this happening and believe in what the industry's sales numbers are showing, we still do not agree with the opinion of the majority and the horrible idea of replacing the good old, heavy duty components that do their job with some incompetent laptop speakers or earplug headphones. We are here to revive the stereo experience and to hold off the incoming audio poorness of digital files and portable devices as a major source of the listening experience. Don't get us wrong: we also use some of those devices in certain situations. Obviously we would not want to take a few pounds worth of our favorite collectible and/or rare discs on the road. The point is that we strongly oppose to adjusting to the progress or evolution of 'sound consumption'.
Some might call it a suicide, and that we, as a business that serves the artists and the listeners, are actually cutting our own throats by standing up against the digital era movement. Well, so be it. But before this hi-fi universe collapses for good and with our intentions and hopes of keeping the music sounding as it actually should (or as close to what it was intended to sound like), we will not change our position and we will keep on fighting the statistics with our stubborn, oversized speakers, shelf-bending home stereo system components and most of all - through releasing LPs and CDs (and by that, adding more crucial discs to your already ridiculously vast collections).
The challenge is up. Bring it on.