Originally Posted by thescienceman
Grew up loving music. I think it was more "sound" than music but didn't learn that until many years into life.
I sang all my life and gravitated to those songs that resonated with me.
Humbly began with a simple turntable.
Never had much money but always seemed to find a way to have stereo in my teen years. Fell in love with an equalizer. I could compensate for the limitations in my speakers.
Purchased the first external Kenwood surround sound processor box and was always fooling around with speaker placement in my tiny bedroom. Was amazed when they internalized that functionality into a receiver.
Got into Hypnosis in my early twenties and incorporated the cutting edge research from the field of brain/mind sound into that. It was all to enhance the visualization process. I created some pretty unique material.
I have always seemed to be able to pick out subtleties in music/sound that my friends could not. I certainly can afford better gear now than I could in my younger years, but I don't just buy the latest thing to be distinctive or snobbish.
Do I consider myself to be an audiophile, yes, but only because of my perception of sound from equipment surpasses the crowd I am around. This is not a descriptor I use to identify myself to others however.
When I have visited homes of self-proclaimed audiophiles, other than having the highest-end, costliest gear, with the speaker cabling elevated off the floor to eliminate the least bit of resistance in electron flow through the cable, I just laugh. They gloat over the cost of what they have, not what brings them pleasure from the gear they've invested in or why they have purchased this or that piece of gear.
Each person's perception of sound varies. I like Martin Logan electrostats. Many people hate them because they find them "shrillish"; too strong on the highs.
Play a CD vs. DSD recording and I can identify which is which. I like the sound that provides the best internal imaging capabilities. Not the loudest.
I am constantly helping to educate others on configurations on their equipment. Truth is, most users just don't take the time to learn about how or why a piece of equipment was developed.
I have not gotten into external DACs. Does that disqualify me? I think not. I do understand however the concept that goes into the development and output quality for those that can afford/appreciate them.
In closing, my audio library is extremely eclectic. From good 'ol rock and roll to classical to jazz and meditation. Each serves a purpose in my life and it's not for show to others. It's there because I have found a use for this material toward a good mental lifestyle.
Oh, and by the way, it's a fun hobby!