I don't agree ... I think young people just don't have connection to older music. It is difficult to say why. And I am certain that is not equipment ... one argument to support this is that young people do have good equipment. Think of it ... my samsung phone with its free earbuds plays MP3 much better than my old sony walkman with average copied cassette. And you get this free with the phone + there are good quality MP3s on every web corner. For my walkman ... I had to save for quite some time - it was luxury.
I needed 30 years to find connection to classical music. And for a while ... in my late teens I had my fathers equipment based on ESS ATM1 speakers. Heck, I think these are better than my Spendors :)
Again I don't agree ... of course I am talking from my experience which is different. I have some really nice times with my 15$ mono cassette player in my studio ... back when I was younger. "Sound quality" and to "be there" arguments are usually excuse to spend money on equipment. I am not saying there are no differences in sound reproduction. But audio business is just that ... business. And it is getting more and more bizarre. The point where it becomes a waste of money is pretty low .. in my opinion. For 500$ you should easy find good quality system (second hand) which will let you experience any music out there.
But you will never be at woodstock again. Not for 500$ not for 500000$.
Edited by torta - 10/8/13 at 8:20am