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It struck me over the weekend that a lot of consumer electronics--from cameras to hard-drives--have gotten much thinner and smaller over the years. But while portable cassette players, CD players, hard drives and such have gotten to be only a bit larger than the media formats they use, home audio components have not gotten any smaller. A VHS player is still much larger than a VHS tape, a home CD or DVD player is simply huge compared with the size of the CD or DVD that it plays, and receivers and amps are also huge. If you use separates, you need a fairly significant amount of space to house all of your components, space that not everyone has or wants to dedicate to audio and video components.
I, for one, would be much more inclined to buy audio components for other rooms in my house if they were smaller. The only audio systems that are sized anywhere close to where I think they should be by now are executive audio systems which I really don't think of as quality products.
Since the makers of very good cameras, hard-drives, computers, and other electronics have figured out how to make their products much smaller than they used to be, why are home audio makers so far behind the curve? I am especially confused by that given that consumers have made it pretty clear that they want small electronics that don't stand out in a room (such as Bose) and that they are even willing to sacrifice good sound for that benefit. Surely someone could make smaller components that are both well made and provide good sound and video by now?!