I got tired after hearing all the Shure IEMs. Being disappointed for so many years believing I had the best sound possible. Just didn't sound like it to me. So I searched and discovered this place. Honestly though, I think it's really about learning as much as possible too. I'm an information whore and with loving music the result is obvious.
As to why people are leaving, I think it's a few reasons. Usually a forum is like a second home where you go after a long day to relax and chill. It's the modern pub except booze has been displaced by adrenalin and testosterone plus a lust to unsheath your keyboard and throwdown w/ your monitor. Compound that with the ability for everyone to sit at home and be right about everything they believe and it's hard to resist. But now, changes have occurred. To the format, to the demographic, so now things feel less like a Pub and more like an unknown destination. All of sudden you wake up, look around and say where am I. I haven't been here long enough to really experience that largely but have to a lesser degree. So it makes sense to me. I also think that the audio market has a new paradigm shift. The new world is DAP driven for obvious reasons. That means younger, less informed, less experienced demographics populating the forum at an ever increasing rate. Thus supplanting the seasoned audiophiles w/ the mass Vinyl collections, tube amps, electrostats, Magnepans, etc. It's just a generational gap and I imply no judgement about the trend other than to see it as a fact of life. Head-fi was and still is a great place but the times are a changing. I'm sure most everybody is tired of the M50 expectation, disappointment, hype, uberness threads. The threads about burn-in curing cancer, transmitting Syphillis, all while hopping on one leg while rubbing your tummy and patting your head threads. You get the drift. Nobody looks for anything anymore. And it's becoming more and more rinse and repeat. It's all help me now or you suck. The internet allows us to be Lords of our own private cyber fiefdoms and is a breeding ground for cynicism and sarcasm not for the feint of heart. Couple that w/ youth and immaturity. Voila! A troll is born.
Anywho, I hang out because I have friends here and love learning and comparing notes. There's also that damned never ending search for universal truth via audio gear. The day I have nothing left to learn from someone here I'll bail too most likely. Probably get banned long before that anyway.