Types of Audiophiles

The Purist

A good stereo should be a transparent window into the recording session with no opinion or distortion of it’s own


The Dynamics Fanatics

A good stereo is like a thrill ride at a carnival. If I’m not jumping it isn’t worth listening to.


Live and Let Live

It’s all good man, put your money where your heart lies.


The Bean Counter

Buys gear like he’s stocking a used stereo store. Purchase price and retail value determine what comes and goes out.


The Canners

I bought my balanced headphones specifically so you wouldn’t ask me questions while I’m listening to dub step.


The Scientist

You can’t prove you have a soul so all your opinions are meaningless.


The Blind Follower

Can’t hear a difference between amp A and B so he wants to know if he should spend 5x more on B and will wait to be told which to get.


The Brand Loyalist

Falls in love with the idea of a brand or designer and changes his job to accommodate the demands of his audio jewelry


Audiophiles are rated according to how fanatical they are and how well they understand PERFECT sound. There are first rate audiophiles and then there are garden variety audiophiles. For a long time I have proposed that in order to differentiate the highest level audiophiles from their inferior rivals a new category must be created. This shall be called the Super audiophile( Trademark pending) These audiophiles are very rare in the world, and they only tolerate PERFECT sound. They spend much of their lives in a state of misery because perfect sound cannot be found even if they get closer and closer.  

You forgot the lonely Dunning Kruger expert who posts 13000 times in a sales group.

I'm in a category not named, The Conservative. I'm somewhat like The Nostalgic except I'm not disappointed. I bought the best equipment I could afford at an earlier age. It was and is the best sound quality I ever had. I've never had better so how could I be disappointed? I could afford new stuff now but why mess with my happiness?

As a retired dog doc, I’m a purist audiophile mutt if that makes any sense.