In the middle of a pandemic, Stereophile reviews ~ $30K equipment

While the world is in the middle of a major economic event, the last two pieces of gear posted by Stereophile to their online site average $30K a piece.

If this doesn't make you feel like you belong to their target audience I don't know what will.
Those who can afford a $30,000 component have been least affected economically.
No shirt Sherlock 🕵️‍♂️ 
You think that maybe 10% of the population could afford a 30k integrated? Think again. You and I are in the 1% that have a home and food.
There are 7.8 Billion people in the world.
Do the math.
That doesn't work.

Nonoise, they are not necessarily stupid, they may be very frightened and they deploy denial, at least partial denial, which is a form of psychological defense. However, this defense might cost them and in this case the others their health and even life in the extreme cases.
It appears that this virus can sometimes evoke complex autoimmune reactions that damage various body parts and systems, including blood and heart. This is also going to be one of the difficulties to develop the vaccine. You want the correct immune response, both in quality and in quantity.
Yes, it might become endemic but it does not mean that it will remain this virulent forever. That is unknown.