I think the biggest drive right now is the "headphones as fashion accessory" coupled with the whole iPod generation noise that you're getting at - and that'll die down as those people age and buy into speakers (which is the interesting bit of the trend - and I base this on what I've observed here, lots of kiddos buying headphones for college or because mom and dad are sick of hearing their PC speakers, and it's a compromise for them; a lot of longer-time posters seem to be getting that maybe Erik had the right idea all along).
Oh and remember that, at least in the US, most of those "aging hi-fi guys" are up to their hairline in debt and barely treading water to stay in their houses.
That is so true, I had a kid ask where he can buy fake beats because he couldn't afford real one and was willing to spend up to $100.
I told him for $100 he can get headphones that sound just as bassy and sound better than beats, but he didn't care all he wanted was to buy beats.
This was his response:
It's one thing to not know beats are crappy and bought them because of hype/mistake, but it's a whole other thing to know they are crap but still want them anyway.
Kids these days would rather spend big $$ for fake beats than use that money on headphones that sound better than real beats.
Edited by RoMee - 7/16/12 at 11:23am