Getting "a good stereo" was one of those rites of passage into adulthood when I was young. You got your own place, and the stereo was usually the highest priority after a bed and things to make food with. Sometimes higher. No more.
Purists hated the idea of slicing precious analog sound waves into bits, on philosophical if not auditory grounds. Owners of cassettes and vinyl were justifiably bummed to have to buy everything all over again.
Nowadays, offices are not the same rooms they were even just ten years ago. We live by laptop, cell phones and Red Bull. We are "on" more hours of the day but with less stuff. Besides, he's a host of a VH1 show, not a corporate exec on Wall Street.