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You know you are an Audiophile when:
You have a 3-4 bedroom house and will not allow family members with kids to live with you.
Family members with no kids are considered on a case by case basis and vetted only after a long process of investigation. Are they neat? clean? Respect and care for their own possessions? Can they walk in a store and not touch one thing? Only eat in their dining room? Appreciate a good song or movie? OCD?
A tape measure is permanently next to your equipment for measuring the distance between speaker and wall, the other speaker, distance between the equipment and sides on the shelf, your sweet spot...
You once had a cat who scratched a grill on one of your speakers and you respondent quidam. You no longer have that hairless cat.
If someone touches a piece of your hardware you, out of reflex respond with an inside ridge hand to their jaw. As they regain consciousness they hear you apologizing and explaining that it was pure reflex and that they should have warned you when you first got there.
When someone asks if you read you respond "Yes, several hours a day". But what you mean is you read forum discussions, articles, you research various gear that you are interested in.
You have more invested in electrical infrastructure in your living room than some small businesses.
You are browsing Audiogon looking at items for sale even though you don't have the money to buy at the moment. You select a item to read about it and the first thing you do is see if they are local.
You decide that when your lease is up you are going to turn you car in and not get a new one, to save money for new equipment. Instead you will drive your 86 Jeep. To work. In Arizona. In 100 plus temperatures.
Of all the things listed above I have/do about 2 or 3 of them.
How many does it take to make you an audiophile?
Anyway, I've never considered myself an audiophile.
I also do not think a narrow definition of audiophile works as it is often relative. I do not want $65,000 speaker cables. I also do not want to listen to 1990's boom box.
Funny: When I mentioned to my 20 year old daughter that I was talking with people on an audiophile website she looked sort of disgusted and wanted to know if that was legal. Not pedophile website. Audiophile website. She said both of them sounded weird anyway and recommended that I not tell people. She is a natural blonde.
You kill the ceiling fan in your bedroom during listening sessions to eliminate background noise, despite knowing it will lead to much warmer-than-ideal ambient temperatures.
You invest in a backup system to play during thunderstorms while your main rigs are unplugged for peace of mind, because going without relatively high-quality music for 3 hours just isn’t an option.
... : You have a turntable and ALSO know how to solder!! Although, if you DIY your own cables AND believe they are comparable to expensive ones ... you are only delusioned. On the other hand, if you use cryogenic aftermarket fuses and OBVIOUSELY installed in the correct direction, you may be on your way. Of course, it ultimately come's down to convincing the consensus of those whom feel that they HAVE reached that pinnacle. Good Luck!
This thread or one similar was started in 2005. As we skip down memory lane this is what I contributed then. It still is true BTW.
You might be an audiophile if...
the UPS and FedEx guys know not to stop when they see the wife's car in the driveway.
Good for you, it is a journey. From planning the dream building through unending research, designing it, the financing, building it, moving in 2,000 vinyl and all the gears, plus installing the acoustic treatments, it took a good five years. But it is the best thing I have ever experienced sound wise.
@n80....You dau confused you with an 'audioperv', which likely exists Somewhere, seen @ trade shows with sweaty hands and barely disguised excitement....;)
Lets' see....3 receivers, 3 TT, 2 stand-alone CD, 11 pairs speakers, 2 subs, 2 dedicated computers, 4 screens, 2 eqs', 2 cassette players, 2 switching matrix, The Amp, other misc., boxes of this, that, and the other....the usual media to feed the above....
Audio enthusiast.....*S* I'm more 'diplomatic' about others' audio gear.
I trust my spouse with most of it....but she leaves my main pile alone...
"It's too complicated for any sane person to use...." *G* That, in itself, speaks volumes...
The other day I used the word 'infinity', and she thought I meant the speakers....which we haven't had for decades. *L*
....if you ignore the 4 that I 'modified'....;)
Hey, MC! What is a 'demagnetizing track' exactly? Wouldn't a good stiff drink work as well as? Just asking.... ;)
The only piece of furniture in your listening room is a single chair in said sweet spot to avoid any interference with the sound from other furniture. Also currently looking for a new house and a dedicated audio room with the right dimensions is a must or else the house is a no. (Been looking since last August).
When the system in your garage is worth more than your vehicle.
I am also ashamed that all the examples in the OP describes me.
You have a practiced list of ready rationalizations for when you are questioned about your amount of gear (use one most likely to hit home with questioner):
”Others are we into boating, I’m into audio.”
”Others are into fancy cars, I’m into audio.”
“Others are into golfing every day, I’m into audio.”
”Others are into motorcycles, I’m into audio.”
”Others are into world travel, I’m into audio.”
Every time you have guest over for dinner, the evening ends after a few bottles of wine & bourbon in front of the audio system playing some of the most amazing versions of songs they heard all their life, and they sit there slack jawed in amazement that music can actually sound so wonderful. And you offer up the sweet spot to the most unconvinced of the group.