Let's start a coversation kinda tongue in cheek about this question. Also lets comment on the other way around . Your not a serious audiophile if you don't have ????? I will post my thoughts after several others have posted. Mike
@sfar, That is so true. I always look at the pic’s from back>> to side/top >>to front. I am usually looking for balanced XLR connections or well spaced speaker terminals :>) Happy to see that I am not too weird.
Serious audiophiles can get into forum rant 'n raves that can go on endlessly about an esoteric item that drives other 'less serious 'philes' into an immediate lust for said item, regardless of price or appropriateness for Their system....the 'Just Because It Exists and It Might Help Factor'.
Lemmings act like that....fun to watch from a safe distance...;)
Keep it rollin', y'all. Funniest thing I've read here @ AG, and wayyy too close for the comfort of 'some'.
Oh, and y'all haven't even started in on 'speaker size' and comparative anatomy yet...the "taller the line source, the shorter the...." ;)
Your not a serious audiophile if you don't want to blow the dust off your ten year old CD player in the closet that you replaced with a multi thousand one 2 years ago . You don't want to know if the older one was just as good because it just can't be so why should I compare. Waste of time wouldn't you say??
Funny. Let me try too. You are not a serious audiophile if you don't keep your cartridge at a constantly monitored precise temperature. You are not an audiophile at all if you can't hear the difference when you machine clean the same record with different fluids. You are definitely an audiophile if you still prefer reel to reel deck to anything else. You are a super audiophile if you always align the cartridge by ear.
1. If you don't have tubes 2. If you don't adjust VTA per each record 3. If you use original component feet 4. If you don't have at least 20 releases of Abbey Road and Dark Side Of The Moon 5. If you don't clean record before each "critial" listening 6. If you don't hear difference between wire "directions" 7. If you don't have at least 5 sets of different tubes for your equipment to "roll" 8. If you don't have Diana Krall, Cassandra Wilson, Nora Jones or Patricia Barber 9. If you don't have any of TAS, StereoFile or similar magazines on your end-table top inside the listening room.
You're not a audiophile if have not sneaked new equipment into your house past your wife, if your wife does not understand the acronym WAF or if your wife's eyes do not glaze over when you try to talk about $120 fuses with her.
You're not serious unless you've been threatened with divorce/forced abstinence/the 'long hard cold stare'/a 'come to Jesus' meeting or variants of the previous... You'd have max'd out a credit card at least once. Points for multiple occurrences. Bankruptcies win the lifetime title... When 'the remodel' is for a new dedicated listening space ALONE, and not included in a larger plan... Your dreams play out like a visit to an audio convention... You wake up twiddling yourself/spouse/both in a non-sexual fashion, but you're excited Anyway...(...this one is Real Serious, and you really need help...) Your closets have no space for clothes.... You don't like driving in your vehicle because the 'sound is so bad'...after the equipment has been replaced for the nth time....
After you spent a huge amount of money to upgrade your system, you hurried back from work, skipping dinner, turned on your system, put on your. favorite music, and then, lets see... whats new on audiogon today? :)