What's an "audiophile" to begin with? You could prolly ask a dozen on AVS and get ten distinct responses.
I love, love, love, love music and I love love love audio gear, but I'm also not insane. If I cannot discern a difference between DAC's I'm not going to spend another dime, while I'm INFINITELY convinced there are PLENTY of "audiophiles" who would and do. Go figure.
This is all before I read a sentence of your linked article- which I will btw- just wanted to throw that out there.
The fact is, with a well produced/engineered recording, a decent CD/media player, AVR, and an excellent pair of stereo speakers in a good room, you can prolly reach the 95+% of audio nirvana CHEAPER than ever...which the typical "audiophile" really disdains, lol.
I was recently able to pick up a fantastically priced SACD player, so I'm going to start re-visiting and even purchasing some new discs to compare against my lossless and 320 rips...and while I'm very skeptical that I'll be blown away, it will be fun, nonetheless.
Actual phone call (see pic to left):
Tech (responding to laughter): "I'm sorry sir, did I miss something?"
Me: "Yeah, a case of Diet Mountain Dew walking across my living room."