I hope this thread didnt bore everyone!?
Actually, I am afraid this question is VERY HARD to answer.
At least for me, which is why I posted it.
Like most Agoners, I enjoy many different types of music, obscure old recordings, geeked out audiophile classics etc.
My problem occurs when I have guests for a drink or dinner or something, and in wandering around the house, they invariably comment on the giant stack of electronics in the living room and cables sprawling across the floor.
Perhaps on some level, I feel a little defensive, and want to defend the expense and square footage devoted to this hobby. But I also want to share the joy and fun of music, played back through a great system. Which leads to the quick, after coffee, on track because it is getting late and friends have to go home kind of a demo.
I wouldnt say that my friends are philistine hicks , but at least for my friends, Mahler might be a bit esoteric. Miles Davis Kind of Blue? A masterpiece in my view, but you probably better really like (or at least had some exposure to, jazz) Pink FLoyd DSOTM on SACD? Maybe.... but obviously depends on the person, and I wouldnt say it was my favorite demo.
So perhaps what I am going for is more accessible (?) music of audiophile quality -- to use a skiing metaphor, the bunny slopes of audiophile quality recordings.
This is what will move people on their first, quick listen and hopefully, begin the grass roots, evangelical campaign against Lrskys brother and everyone who thinks MP3 is just fine.
Great music, accessible to the layman, in an oh my god knock your socks off, MP3 sounds terrible and I must buy new equipment type of recording.
All ideas greatly appreciated.