"High end audio isn't the same anymore"..... that's often what customers tell us.
In our opinion, high end customers are much more educated and much more sophisticated than ever. The example I often use is a cellphone. Remember the cellphone you may have back in the 90's, vs. the smart phone today. Not only your smart phone does a lot more than the old cellphone, but it is in a much more compact size with a much fancier looking case.
With newer technology incorporated into the audio design, high end customers are looking for more than good sound. Often in time, they are looking for ways to blend into their lifestyle. It's what we call "As beautiful as it sounds".