Should people who can't solder, build or test their speakers be considered audiophiles?

  So, if you bought that Porsche but can only drive it and not fix it do you really understand and appreciate what it is? I say no. The guy who can get in there and make it better, faster or prettier with his own hands has a superior ability to understand the final result and can appreciate what he has from a knowledge base and not just a look at what I bought base. I mean sure you can appreciate that car when you drive it but if all you do is take it back to the dealership for maintenance and repairs you just like the shape with no real understanding of what makes it the mechanical marvel it is.
  I find that is true with the audio world too. There are those who spend a ton of money on things and then spend a lot of time seeking peer approval and assurance their purchase was the right one and that people are suitably impressed. Of course those who are most impressed are those who also do not design, build, test or experiment.

  I propose that an audiophile must have more than a superficial knowledge about what he listens to and must technically understand what he is listening to. He knows why things work and what his end goal is and often makes his own components to achieve this. He knows how to use design software to make speakers that you can't buy and analyze the room they are in and set up the amplification with digital crossovers and DSP. He can take a plain jane system and tweak it and balance it to best suit the room it is in. He can make it sound far better than the guy who constantly buys new components based on his superficial knowledge who does not understand why what he keeps buying in vain never quite gets there.

  A true audiophile can define his goal and with hands on ability achieve what a mere buyer of shiny parts never will. So out comes the Diana Krall music and the buyer says see how good my system is? The audiophile says I have taken a great voice and played it through a system where all was matched and tweaked or even purposely built and sits right down next to Diana as she sings. The buyer wants prestigious signature sound and the audiophile will work to achieve an end result that is faithful true to life audio as though you were in the room with Diana as she sings. The true audiophile wants true to life and not tonally pure according to someones artificial standard.

 So are you a buyer or an audiophile and what do you think should make a person an audiophile?
" Audiophiles come in many shapes and forms, and although there are those who are ‘signature whores’ who only want high end brand labels to adorn their living rooms, there are plenty of other folk that love music and appreciate the accurate reproduction that only well engineered equipment can deliver.  To denigrate this group just because they have a qualified tech service their gear is not only inaccurate but ignorant. "
  Yet another person who skips to the end and waxes eloquent without reading the rest. In some ways this has become quite interesting as a study of sorts on human behavior. Read the title and skip to the end and assume they know what it is all about from many. Then you have the righteous indignation crowd who can't see they are in a room of mirrors. Then a scant few take the time to read about it and are amused. I like the term signature whores and if you had taken the time to read the thread you would see that is precisely who I was poking at. Signature whores, I am gonna remember that one for further use.
If this is the definition of a real audiophile I’m going to let myself out and never visit again. 
Too bad, you old punks are always crying out that there is no new blood in high fidelity audio.  
I was part of that younger crowd you’re always clamoring for to move the hobby forward through time, with full appreciation of the golden ages of music and equipment that can reproduce it accurately.

you sound like a total ashhole btw.

Bye 👋 

At first, your defense was that it was a joke to see who actually read it and. You said you took pleasure in triggering people and even had some sycophants chime in with their saying that they got the joke, which was on the rest of us.

Now, it's morphed into something else about observations on human behavior from all the replies. As already stated, we get it. Always did. No need to read between the lines. Takes only a minute to reread your premise, which all have pointed out, is simply wrong.

You paint with too broad a brush and generalize. It's not as black and white as you propose.

We get it. You don't.

All the best,
I am dangerous with tools of any kind and pat myself on the back for hooking up the toilet bowl float to the chain.  
Does this mean I do not know my gear? Does this mean that I do not have a discerning ear? Does this mean that for the last 40 years, that I have continually upgraded my system based upon my knowledge, finances, and experience, that it is all negated simply because I do not  trust myself to solder, saw or build? 
Does this mean that your idea of what an audiophile is or isn't, based upon foolish and unsubstantiated logic, is truth?