What’s an Audiophile?
I must admit that I wouldn’t self-identify myself as an “Audiophile” for many of the same reasons Chris lays out in his article; it’s a loaded word, with a lot of baggage associated. That said, I like the idea that we can get away from the crazy, and use the term to label anyone who cares about a good audio experience.
Reading most audio magazines and online forums, you think you need to be rich to be an audiophile. I’ve even had a magazine editor tell me that if you want to listen to vinyl and you can’t spend $3,000 you are basically wasting your money. We see budget awards at the end of the year handed out to $1,500 speakers that, while they sound amazing, stretch the label of budget beyond recognition for most people.
Let’s stop being ridiculous about this and make audiophile an OK term again