The DAB/SACD/MP3 debates about sound quality all lead, for me, to an uncomfortable conclusion - that the mass market for high quality sound is gone becuase young people don't listen to music any more.
When I was a lad (not too long ago, I'm 46) we had a weekly "music appreciation" class at primary school. For 40 minutes, we sat in a room and listened to music. No distractions, no talking allowed. You just listened. Schools don't seem to do that anymore.
Like most people here, I guess, I have a room where I can listen to music without distraction. I don't do other things. I just listen. I don't know anyone younger than me who does this.
Young people have music on in the background while they are doing other things. We all do this, of course, but this seems to me to be the only way that young people use music. Reading, homework, watching YouTube videos...the music is an accompaniment to their lives, a soundtrack. For these purposes, highly compressed music is a decided advantage. You don't want "quiet bits" -- they will never be heard if they are only background music to begin with.
I'm sure there are exceptions. I'm sure there are still children who have been dragged to concerts by their parents from an early age, and who have developed a genuine love of music. I am also fairly certain they are a vanishingly small percentage of the under-30s. Listening to music is a dying habit, and with it will go the mass market for high quality recordings and, ultimately, Gramophone magazine.
Someone please tell me I'm talking nonsense.