Hm, I am not so sure, I have spent all my adult life involved with IT starting in the mid eighties, with audio, video, digital TV, home STB tech, IP voice, contact centres and multi channel automation, hosted and web services, data networks and software analyzers, and I think things have got hugely simpler.. there has been a huge convergence of information technologies and less proprietary standards out there... and also we have the www which makes look up and reference infinitely easier than the late eighties and early 90s when one had to wade through massive lever arch folders and that was a real challenge keeping updated...
I think the challenge is with the mass consumerisation of home IT product, and in the name of increased deployment simplicity and reduced costs many compromises are made, but these are not made clear to the consumer... and descriptions are over simplified and distorted with product marketing speak and indeed at one level this had made home IT products more accessible but the down side is there a real lack of clarity on how devices are working and what methods they are using to work... hence denying more informed consumers to make proper value judgements and decisions and adding to consumer frustration when things are not working as expected..
Just like to comment on your really helpful and informative postings on this subject. Really excellent but as ever I find the more I know, the more I don't know.. Keep up the good work.
Sadly I'm coming to the conclusion that Wi-Fi ,Wireless etc etc is for lifestyle products with lifestyle sound in general for people with lifestyle expectations. Old git users like myself whilst embracing the lifestyle world of convenience demand Hi-Fidelity solutions for the Hi-Fidelity sounds. That is why after all we're all here. To get the best sound out of deep love of music.