hi ya'll, i think you know what i'm talking when i say that a lot of friends+families you know don't seem to care much about the audio-aspect of their new home entertainment system. the most expensive items that people with disposable income are willing to spend are items they can see or gadgets in general. worst yet, a lot of the sales force are making people buy small satellite+sub systems that dont' give you good midrange reproduction. the proliferation of bose, mp3 (and other lossy codecs), ipod, miniaturization has me concerned about the future of audio in general and the lack of appreciation for GOOD, quality constructed speakers to faithfully reproduce the nuances of high quality audio. with SACD, DVD-Audio MLP pretty much going by the waste-side and upcoming hi-def format wars (focused heavily on video, but not audio). i wonder what will hold for the future of audio. while Dolby has announced Dolby Digital HD, TrueHD (uncompressed soundtracks), DTS-HD, will studios commit to a NEW audio format that consumers will care less about? will equipment mfr. give us NEW a/v receivers that decodes these new formats? who knows. THX used to be very useful in giving us a set of standards for what quality audio reproduction means, but nowadays, a middle of the road speaker can come pretty damn close in quality to older THX specs. will the future of mankind appreciate speakers the way that we do? it seems we have already reached some of that plateau where you either spend $1,000 on a 7.1 of speakers (without subwoofer) to get decent performance for a HT or $150 on a 5.1 satellite+sub in a box that INCLUDES a DVD player. then people rush home, set it up only to be disappointed that it doesn't sound as good as the cinemas... what do you think the future holds for speaker appreciation?