(Don’t) Ask An AudiophileSeptember 09, 2013
I learned this lesson the hard way, so let me offer you, my fellow audio fools, this simple suggestion: If you’re searching for simple advice on the purchasing of any electronic device related in any way, shape or form to the reproduction of sound waves for auditory stimulation and pleasure, DO NOT ASK AN AUDIOPHILE.
“An audiophile is a person enthusiastic about high-fidelity sound reproduction….
A key goal of audiophiles is to capture the experience of a live musical performance in a room with good acoustics, and reproduce it at home. It is widely agreed that this is very difficult and that even the best-regarded recording and playback systems rarely, if ever, achieve it.
The term High-end audio refers to playback equipment used by audiophiles, which may be bought at specialist shops and websites. High-end components include turntables, digital-to-analog converters, equalization devices, preamplifiers and amplifiers (both solid-state and vacuum tube), horn and electrostatic speakers, power conditioners, subwoofers, headphones, and acoustic room treatment.”
It’s a lot to take in, right? Don’t worry, you’ll learn.