Question: What’s Wrong With “Audiophile”?

I never liked the word/term “audiophile.” One reason being auto-correct tries to correct a misspelling to “pedophile.” Really, try it.

What’s a ‘phile? From Wiktionary:

Etymology

From Latin -phila, from Ancient Greek φίλος (phílos, “dear, beloved”).

Suffix

-phile

  1. Forming nouns and adjectives meaning “loving”, “friendly”, or “friend”.

Making Audiophile (same source):

audio +‎ –phile

Noun

audiophile (plural audiophiles)

  1. A person with an interest in high fidelity sound reproduction and its associated technology.

Seeing as we’re getting all wordy, I’m going to object to this Wiktionary definition by picking on the word “sound” in the above sentence. This is where things begin to go wrong, by definition. While this sentence certainly describes some people’s interest in our hobby, it does not define them all.

For some people, like me, that sentence should read:

  1. A person with an interest in high fidelity music reproduction and its associated technology.

What a difference a word makes. Taking a broader approach, and a more accurate one to boot, this sentence should read:

  1. A person with an interest in high fidelity music and/or sound reproduction and its associated technology.

Seeing as Wiktionary is open source, I just went ahead and made this change back in early August. Problem solved.

What is your definition of “Audiophile”?

2 thoughts on “Question: What’s Wrong With “Audiophile”?

  1. Not crazy about the term audiophile, how about hifi enthusiast.

    My definition: a person who’s enjoyment of listening to recorded music increases with sound quality
    improvements to a greater extent than average.

    Check out Bob Neil’s comments on the Sound of Music at http://www.amherstaudio.com/

  2. I’ve refused to call myself an audiophile for many years now.

    I love music and I enjoy electronics as a hobby. I appreciate it when music is well recorded and accurately reproduced by a system, but there is simply too much garbage attached to the word, mostly thanks to the rampant silliness and BS that has become part and parcel of the hobby.

    That’s the main reason I refuse to call myself one — I don’t want anyone confusing me with one of those people.

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