At what price is one considered an Audiophile.

Audiophilia, what is is it?

Is it the love of music or the equipment that presents the music.

Or is it both? 

What is the cost of admission?

How much does one have to spend on equipment to be considered an Audiophile, if it is truly the later than the music.

What has membership to this perceived exclusive club cost you?




Jacob, it's not really hostile here, it's more boring than hostile, in fact. 

There is no cost of entry. If you had some hand me down speakers, set them up in a listening triangle, hung some coats on the side walls for absorption, and sat quietly intensely focusing on the music, you would be an audiophile. To me, being an audiophile is all about intent, set up, and a desire to improve sound quality. You don’t need expensive gear although it does help (as long as the expense leads to higher fidelity sound and not just status.)

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I spent $300 on a B&O A1 for travel, sounds amazing for its size.

I have an old Apple HiFi 3 way speaker, it rocks, I will never sell it. Also


my first recollection of music was at 5 years old listening to Nat King Cole on my Dad’s reel to reel that looked like a grey hardshell suitcase. I think it had built in speakers.

My uncle had a B&O all-in-one system in what looked like a teak cabinet and a bunch of vinyl. Sunday dinners at their place (this was in England) was accompanied by all sorts of music but I guess predominantly Jazz

On Xmas eve 1979 I helped my Dad pick out a JVC packaged separates system (int/tuner/cassette/tt/speakers) for $1270 to go in our newly finished “pub” we built in the basement (I was 15) we are now in Canada

That makes me an audiophile.

My current system is just an extension of that relative to income and expenses, and an understanding wife.