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”?

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