It has struck me reading the forums, attending shows etc, just how much a male dominated 'hobby' the world of hi-fi seems to be. I'm not saying there are no women interested, but its dominace of interest by men can't be denied. I'm guessing its the gadget syndrome that is stereotyped as being a male thing and thus includes hi-fi and is something that most women don't seem to have an appeal with. I know there are lots of females out there who also appreciate music played though a decent hi-fi set up, a case in point being Clare, editor of What Hi-fi, and perhaps Clare, you can let us know whats makes you different to most women and makes you appreciate this hobby. I think I'm right in saying (correct me if I'm wrong) that you are the first female editor of the magazine, but as we all know we value your advice each month and therefore it makes no differencre to 'us men' that there are women who know just as much, if not more about hi-fi than we do.
I'm sure a lot of people on this forum will have a female partner (myself included) who would be more than happy listening to their CD's though a £200 mini system sitting on the book shelf and think it sounded good enough, without having to spend £2000 on specialist equipment to get the 'same effect'!
So where are all these women and do you have husbands and partners who can't understand why you want to upgrade your perfectly good marantz amp to a grands worth made by some odd company called Naim!
It's male dominated interest, but surely women's hearing appreciate good sound as well. Or maybe a new pair of shoes is more important! (see, reamined PC right until the end and then spoilt it with the last comment!!)