Originally Posted by RLBURNSIDE
If not believing something is a belief, then not collecting stamps is a hobby. (it isn't. Atheism is not a religion, at all. The lack of belief is not at all equivalent to a belief in something else. Atheists believe things, but belief in concepts is not the same as religion, which is an organized belief system that rejects facts and scientific scrutiny as its basis. Atheists also believe nonsense, to wit : many of them think vinyl sounds better)
My point was apt, because anachronists who believe vinyl confers better sound, despite being inferior in every way are only "audiophiles" in the sense that they love distorted audio, not high fidelity audio. People love distortion, tube amps, wah wah pedals, all that stuff, it's very popular. But it's the opposite of high-fidelity, and so they cannot claim to love high-fidelity audio with a straight face, since the science proves them wrong incontrovertibly, and the onus is on them to explain why higher levels of distortion is actually better, despite being, by definition, worse. So, a contradiction ensues, and thus most "audiophiles" can only keep that designation with air quotes.
Belief without evidence required, is what religion is based on. Which is the same as belief that 2000$ power cables improve the sound, since there is no scientific evidence to support it, the default assumption, that there is no difference in sound quality (the null hypothesis), is what most people would assume, lacking evidence. Extraordinary claims, such as that paying huge amounts on cables confers a measurable difference in distortion or even audible differences (which is the only rational thing that should matter to human listeners) between gear, require evidence to support them. Otherwise it's just made up, and worse than anachronistic, it's downright absurd.
All claims that aren't backed up with scientific evidence (i.e. are falsifiable, but not proven false), should be ignored. People believe all kinds of nonsense, the only thing that should be matter is whether those statements are, in fact, true. Truth matters too. And one can discriminate between true claims and false claims. The claim that any piece of gear improves the sound should be measurable and reproducible, otherwise it's untrue. Allowing people to make false claims unchallenged is not in my nature, as a scientist and an (actual) audiophile. I used to work at a nightclub with one of the best-rated analog sound systems in the world (Stereo, in Montreal), and though everyone there was enthralled by vinyl due to some romantic/delusional ideas about 70s audio recording technology, I put on a CD of Shostakovitch string quartets on the line-in and it was cleaner, more dynamic, and better than any record I'd ever heard there in the years that I worked there. Belief in absurd things actually hurts progress. The system sounded better with higher dynamic range and lower noise CD source, than any compressed vynil that I'd heard. The multi-million dollar system could have sounded far better by simply using better sound sources, which you could buy across the street at the local hardware store (any cheap CD player can reproduce CDs perfectly fine and accurately, and be better than a typical vinyl recording, especially on well-mastered material available on both formats). The same exact string quartet on a record player did not sound nearly as good, it was poppy and full of noise and sounded muted and tame. Borodin String Quartets and other highly dynamic music like orchestras demand CDs, there is simply no comparison between the two.
So no, despite their repeated claims to the contrary, if we're using the definition of audiophile as being someone who enjoys high fidelity sound, vinyl lovers are not actually audiophiles according to that definition, since they could easily be listening to superior sound every day for far less cost, and thus purchase more music and even with the money saved, go out and see more live shows and concerts. It's a huge money drain. The smart consumer values where they place their money. If you'd ask me what I'd rather do, buy a huge collection of old, crappy-recorded music on vinyl, or listen to cheaper, better, cleaner audio on CD, and with the money saved go out and buy more music, I think the answer is obvious. Not true audiophile would rather less music, at worse quality, than more music, at better quality, with cheaper prices too (and longer durability with infinite replayability).