You know you are an Audiophile when:


You have a dedicated audio room.

Your listening chair is in the “Sweet Spot”.

You have sound treatment on your walls.

You spend hours properly placing and tweaking your speakers.

You understand that properly placed speakers will create a 3D sound stage (placing musicians and singers in localized positions… from  left to right… front to back) [Sound-stage]

Your stereo is worth more than your vehicle.

You know that higher end components do a better job of: being less fatiguing to listen to, creating the imaging (sound-stage), representing the instruments more accurately and with more detail, are more involving.

You are intimately aware of the performance and tonal quality of your system, and can describe the results of any changes in the system.

You are aware of how bad the sound is for the first 3 - 4 songs at any live music event.

98 % of the time… when someone cranks their stereo up and says “This sounds GREAT” you cringe. You could list all the ways and reasons why it sounds awful… but you don’t.

When listening to music… you spend a portion of time listening to and exploring the placement of the sounds in the sound stage, and the quality and detail of your system… with your eyes closed.

You become aware of how bad the sound is on some recordings.

You are painfully aware how awful sound systems are at bars and clubs.

You have increased the sound performance of your system through upgrades and tweaks... multiple times.

You are aware of sound reflections in your home, and live music events.

You continue to learn and try new things.

Out of curiosity… you try various things on your system… to see what, and if… there are any improvements… ie: cables, cords, isolation, dampening… etc.

 


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Most tellingly would be the fact that you have nightmares where your speakers have been damaged and you chase down everyone you have ever met or known and demand to know if he/she is the guilty party. True story folks, and no joke, I woke up sweaty and with some heart palpitations.
After listening to music, your back is sore from leaning/sitting forward because it sounds better and brings out more detail further from the back wall and back of the couch you are sitting on.
You not only want to see the back of the unit, you Google it to find an image of it with the case removed. 
Thanks guys, This is the funniest read I have had on this forum so far. Hilarious. And so true in many ways. Like the tape measure thing, haha.
On a more serious note, you know you are an audiophile when you build a dedicated listening house, not a room, but a separate building housing a listening room. And only you have a key, not even the wife has one. It is the ultimate peace of mind about your equipment and vinyl. You can now relax.