Who is next??

Who is the next John Curl, Mark Levinson, Dave Wilson, or Dan D’agostino? (as in legacy of course--like the next great visionary--  wow no good way to put that...)
Paul McGowan of PS Audio
Mike Moffat of Schiit Audio 

I like what Paul is venturing into with FPGAs!  But he too is --ahem-- up there in years...  (as maybe we all are) -- I never met Mike... 
According to MG, there will be no next generation of HEA designers. HEA will be dead, along with it's consumer base.

Yes, I do believe the heavy, expensive, components featuring only a volume control are heading toward the archives. We've been seeing that change taking place for a while now. Even though the older HEA audiophile is kicking and screaming to hang on, the younger folks seem to have other ideas.

Did you guys know there are now more pro audio shops than HEA stores X 10 in the US? Yep, there are more in home studios than in home HEA in room systems. Music direct to the listener is growing faster than any other medium ever. Now music can be sold direct studio to home listener. Which means the home user can now do his own mix, or very soon will be able to. So picture being young sitting in your room and you are able to dial your music in the way you wish, with your lap top being your own personal mixer. How can a young person resist that type of control?

I don't understand why anyone would think this hobby (life) will not evolve into something more holistic. There will always be different eras of the hobby represented and the reach for better sound has never been ignored. Sometimes better sound has been put on the shelf, for example when we went big chassis crazy, but we get back on track and move forward.

Hey and there's nothing wrong with choosing an era and staying there. I for one will always have a classic stereo, but I will also have a tunable listening room.

Who's the next? It will be someone who has incorporated the system as a whole.

Michael Green

In the intended sense of the question, Mike Moffat is the first that comes to mind. He's bringing the next generation of listeners into the world of good reproduction.

If you want to broaden the question to overall impact on listeners, I'd consider Sean Parker, who created Napster, the first domino leading to the derailing of the entire recording industry profitability model, and now sits on the board of Spotify. As an aside, he's brilliantly portrayed by Justin Timberlake in the Facebook history film, The Social Network. Cheers,
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Rock On to the new generation of ideas.  
@kosst_amojan.. Yes, totally should have included Nelson Pass in that original list!!  Perhaps the future of audio is AI-generated "live" performances tuned to your particular taste... hmm..

Hate is the worst emotional motivation to have and use.
Carry on.
Flemming Rasmussen of Gryphon. Just retired this year. But even more perhaps his engineers whose names I don't know. Flemming is an artist, an industrial designer and a leader of the team.

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Just a small note before entering 2019.
It is true that our dear friend Mr. Rasmussen retired as the CEO for Gryphon Audio Designs. The rest of the R&D Team is still the same as it has been for almost 20 years and has actually expanded recently.
It was a huge honour and pleasure working together with Mr. Rasmussen.
Wishing you all a beautiful 2019.

kind regards,
Rune Skov
Sales Director 
Gryphon Audio Designs
Gryphon people reading Audiogon and posting. Is it a good or bad sign of the direction the company is going in ?
For my taste - bad. Everyone in the know knows Gryphon, it needs no cheap and free advertising. In fact, it needs no advertising at all.
This is the only brand of transistor electronics that I consider, so I want it to maintain what they are.
Next brands like SoftAlien app that will change your system into a best and easy way.
Mike Borresen - He now can do what he wants in design instead of being told what to do by corporations.
A computer with AI. It will be able to put all the values of electronic components on a pallet and the artist designer will be able to pick what sound he is looking for then tweek the last 5 percent.