Moderators: I didn't know exactly where to put this so (of course!) feel free to move it if needed. Saw this over at another forum (to read the article itself on the original site requires registering, but a member over on the other forum posted the entire thing): Excerpt from the Twice.com article: The article goes on to say that portable sales are now nearly twice that of home components. As I've mentioned (or whined about depending on your point of view ) here several times before, I've noticed the past three years or so that in pretty much every retail outlet at all price points - Wal-Mart, Best Buy/Circuit, Tweeter and full-blown hi-end shops - the home audio departments have been nearly deserted. And, I just couldn't believe EVERYONE was purchasing their gear online; and anyway, wouldn't some of those online purchasers at least be looking/listening to that gear at a brick-n-mortar store before ordering it from the Internet? To make things clear, I'm not against portable audio gear itself but as a audio hobbyist for 27 years, I do get pretty bummed out contemplating a future where most people think a 120kbps MP3 file & a $50 docking boombox gizmo is the height of audio fidelity and technology. Anybody else have any thoughts about this?