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Are High-End Audio Manufacturers Living on Borrowed Time?: Capital Audiofest 2023 Podcast

Editor-in-Chief, Ian White reports back from Capital Audiofest 2023 with some tough love for the high-end audio industry that won’t make a lot of brands happy.

A new generation of music listeners are stepping outside their traditional comfort zones and looking for better ways to enjoy their music collections. But will they find that at a traditional Hi-Fi show?

EIC Ian White and Producer Mitch Anderson break down CAF 2023 and why horrible music, unaffordable systems, and an aging customer base do not portend a strong future for high-end audio manufacturers if they don’t make some massive changes.

Sponsor: Thank you to the sponsor of this episode, Marantz. You’ll want to check out their new Stereo 70s Slimline Receiver.

This episode was recorded on Tuesday, November 21, 2023.

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About Capital Audiofest

Capital Audiofest is the “East Coast’s Favorite Audio Show”, which started in 2010. This year’s event was held at The Twinbrook Hilton in Rockville, Maryland from November 10-12, 2023, which showcased over 300 high-end audio brands across 100+ rooms and booths. For more information, visit


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