This is both a mostly very cool thread and a bit of a Principal Skinner is not out of touch thread. The very cool part is all of the inspiring and beautiful descriptions people are laying down about their approach to immersive, undistracted, deep listening — one of the essential reasons to own audio hardware and great recordings. (But not the only reason — others examples would include dancing, playing air guitar, hanky-panky, and transport to stoned oblivion.) The completely unnecessary uncool part is hitching the topic to an invitation to get out a tiny violin and offer yet another mournful, mopey audiophile decline narrative about listening "becoming a lost art." Personally I don't consider myself one of a dwindling, dying breed of dedicated listeners because I often crank up the high-end Victrola and do nothing but groove to the tunes, unlike them pesky, fidgeting whippersnappers with their phones and their DR5 pop music and their zero attention spans underneath their hip-hop haircuts. My dedicated listening preference is not to think of it as a very, very serious responsibility and act of cultural preservation requiring maturity, discipline, and nailing your feet to the floor in front of the sweet spot, surrounded by a darkling plain where ignorant armies clash by night.