Why Don't More People Love Audio?

Can anyone explain why high end audio seems to be forever stuck as a cottage industry? Why do my rich friends who absolutely have to have the BEST of everything and wouldn't be caught dead without expensive clothes, watch, car, home, furniture etc. settle for cheap mass produced components stuck away in a closet somewhere? I can hardly afford to go out to dinner, but I wouldn't dream of spending any less on audio or music.
people do love audio. It is just that peoples definition of what real audio is has changed. When I was a younger fella if you owned a Pioneer reciever with a Dual turntable and a set of J.B.L speakers you were big time. If you sit most people down in front of a $3.000.00 system and put on their favorite tunes they will say that it sounds fantastic, and you know what it probally does sound just fine. Does some lonely audio geek gushing over the improved sound staging that he is getting with his new interconnects that he paid for with all the money that he saved by never dating, sound on his 1950 era mono recording of some classical stuff that he does not even like really represent someone who is really into music.
My 2p

High end is far from inexpensive (I can't see many disagreeing).

This is not something which is immediately demonstrable to our peers and therefore lacks value (bling) unless I let you into my fortress (house).

Since our other high value items atract more attention, I think this will remain in obscurity. Music will always remain accessible and mainsteam (great!), the quality always (very) personal, the value of our gear *always* insulated from the outside world and because of the price tag and the difficulty / passion / animocity (sp?) about personal preference, a very minority issue.

If high quality sounds were eminating from cars bouncing to the latest tunez, then firstly it would be fab for the technologists, but those who hang out here would hate it because we have probably chosen to be a monirity, because it suits us - for whatever reason. You choose!

because most people dont understand good music and sound, most people just like to listen to "NOISE" not good music that takes you to heaven. Quite frankly, most/some people are cheap with it comes to audio