I reflected today on two articles I read in my new copy (Dec. 03) of The Absolute Sound. One article was from David Kawakami, head of Sony SACD project, and the other was Bob Stuart of Meridian Audio, inventors in part of key DVDA technology. In the first article, David discusses the view that baby boomers are likely buyers of the new improved sound. A large segment of the US population is aging and Sony feels that these people have the disposable income and interest to spend time on music for pleasure and its nostalgic benefit. David sees an MP3 world among Generation Y that over time graduates to the more expensive yet far better sonic quality of high resolution audio. He also slams the music industry for suing filesharers-the only major label critic I have seen on this point... Bob Stuart discusses the merits of DVDA but then goes into some detail about the value of the multi-media experience and the Home Theater niche. It seems to me that both men are on to something here. Maybe hirez will exist as a more permanent, stable niche that encompasses both audiophile and home theater fans but is distinguishable by one major characteristic age! Maybe the best end run for a major label is to educate and develop the market for hirez and work to get people to pay extra for better quality content (maybe more content as well-such as bonus tracks, video, etc.) than maybe a legal $0.99 download or illegal file share. So for all our at times contentious arguing here, maybe the question is not: Will hirez overtake redbook CD? but rather: Will people move from MP3 to premium paying hirez customers? What do you think?