Are audiophile products designed to initially impress then fatigue to make you upgrade?

If not why are many hardly using the systems they assembled, why are so many upgrading fairly new gear that’s fully working? Seems to me many are designed to impress reviewers, show-goers, short-term listeners, and on the sales floor but once in a home system, in the long run, they fatigue users fail to engage and make you feel something is missing so back you go with piles of cash.


What is your point? Buy an Audio Note Ongaku today versus a twenty year old Ongaku. There have been running changes but the twenty year old amplifier remains an exceptional performer and is completely serviceable. If you purchase compromised products then its a choice you make.

You can still get 50 year old krell amps serviced,  and I'm sure pass labs services their older equipment. Try having a run of the mill mainstream piece of audio equipment serviced, usually doesn't happen.

{a policy of producing consumer goods that rapidly become obsolete and so require replacing, achieved by frequent changes in design, termination of the supply of spare parts} this describes a good portion of the audio market sure not all nothing is an absolute, and one can always find an example outside of this but that doesn't eliminate the basic premiss.

So @johnk to clearly answer your original query...excellent gear is built to sound and perform excellently. Your premise that most things have a planned obsolescence or worse, that it is designed to impress and then sit around not being used is inaccurate.

So this doesn't happen in audio=obsolescence achieved by frequent changes in design, termination of the supply of spare parts.