Define the word "audiophile."

Define the word "audiophile."
Here's my definition
91% (223 votes)
I have no idea
8% (20 votes)
Here's what it is not
1% (3 votes)
Total votes: 246

Is it how much you spend or how you spend it? Is it how you organize your priorities when it comes to audio? Is it only a state of mind? Define the word "audiophile."

Roy's picture

Anyone who pays close attention while listening to music.

ACF's picture

Someone who is passionate about how the music actually sounds.

Dismord's picture

Someone who spends more on audioporn magazines than on concerts or audio gear.

Paul Basinski's picture

Someone who respects technology in the service of art.

dyke hensen's picture

A music lover that seeks out recordings and equipment to enhance their experience

Glenn Bennett's picture

An audiophile is someone who appreciates quality. He spends what he can afford on the components and appeciates the value for the money spent. It would be crazy to think you are not an audiophile unless you spend a certain dollar amount.

JR's picture

Audiophile: an individual that would sacrifice food for slightly better speaker cables.

Hugo's picture

If the cost of your audio equipment exceeds that of your music collection, then you are clearly an audiophile.

Mark La Penta's picture

Since music is one of the greatest attributes of mankind, audiophile means caring enough about music to do what is within your means to recreate it as wonderfully as possible.

melomaniac's picture

Prizing reproduction over production, or gadget love over music love.

GW's picture

An audiophile is someone who enjoys the quality of music reproduction as much as, if not more, than the music itself. With that being said, an audiophile is usually also a serious music lover.

Ron Ramsey's picture

It is definitely "how much you spend". The more you spend, the rounder you get. The rounder you get, the better it sounds. Or, as they say at Forbes: "If your coin don't ring, your stereo don't sing!"

Callum's picture

It is not how much money you spend. Certainly it is not the absolute amount of money that you spend. That said, audiophiles may be more likely to spend *relatively* more of their disposable income on audio equipment, music, concerts, etc. However higher % of discretionary spending on "audio" does not MAKE you an audiophile either.

Eric L.'s picture

A person willing to go to almost any length, financially or otherwise, to get slight improvements in sound.

Rudemiester's picture

Most everyone loves music! An audiophile perhaps best describes someone whose enjoyment comes from tuning into each note of each instrument, even the silence between notes, merging their consciousness with the music and tries to get the equipment that will provide that joy.

David's picture

An audiophile is one that has a passion, interest in obtaining, recognizing, learning about, and appreciating high quality audio reproduction.

suits_me's picture

An audiophile is anyone who believes that live, acoustic music should_ be a reference point, whether they do anything more in practice than merely think that or not. So it's clear that "audiophile" is not necessarily a compliment. More simply, anyone who believes that Bose is not "the best."

Paul's picture

Sadly, most audiophiles are audiphools! The hi-fi industry, media, and enthusiasts have shrouded themselves in pseudoscience, selling, perpetrating, and buying the myths as they go. It is sad because audio is an otherwise fascinating mulitidisciplinary subject encompassing physics, biology, neuroscience, and psychology.

Nathan Jones's picture

If your hi-fi cost more than your car then you are an audiophile.

Daniel Ching's picture

It is how I spend it, when it comes audio. It is purely entertaiment.To me, enough is enough—never too much.

E.  Wood's picture

An audiophile is someone for whom the pursuit of better "sound quality" has become a serious hobby, and or obsession.

aNDY aLPHaBITZ's picture

I feel that, although clear sound quality is plainly preferable, it is foolish to not listen to a track on a ropey MP3 if that is the only format available.

Boo head's picture

Someone who passionately loves audio.

Borche Jordanovski's picture

Person who is in "deep" love with sound of music.

the flapjack's picture

An audiophile is a person who persues the absolute reproduction of sound as close as possible.

R.  Garrett's picture

Someone long-sufferingly aware that the beauty of the sound from a loudspeaker sometimes is more than the music deserves and sometimes never enough.

J C Hogg's picture

A music lover willing to pay a premium (within their respective budget) for better musical reproduction in their home.

Damon Anderson's picture

I've been and audiophile all my life and I know exactly what it is: An audiophile is a person who has a specific mental illness which is to be or become obsessed with the way recorded music sounds and how it is played and/or processed though electronic equipment. While most sufferers are males, females have also been known to develop symptoms. One common symptom is broad shifts in self-esteem. For example when one first believes they have the perfect kit, then almost immediately feeling their system is completely inadequate. Behavioral manifestations include spending large amounts of money on evermore elaborate and/or expensive audio equipment, constant changing and tweaking of equipment, and constant changing of music tracks to here what the next track sounds like with the new tweak. Some are dillusional, believing a small change in their kit has improved it or given it a quality usually not associated with sound or a listening experience (e.g. having a warm or liquid sound). Effective treatments include bankruptsy and divorce.

Lenny Zwik's picture

An audiophile is a person who enjoys music and values sound quality to the point where he or she will spend a percentage of their disposable income commensurate with the value they place on these attributes. They also attend a reasonable number of live music events.

Lenny Zwik's picture

An audiophile is someone who values sound quality and music enough to spend a commensurate amount of their disposable income on a system to reproduce music to their satisfaction. They also periodically validate their impressions of live music by attending live performances.