I can't say if my dad was an audiophile but Lord almighty he had a lot of expensive audio equipment. Reel to reel decks, FM receivers from the 60's through the 80's, professional turntables and huge speakers. The back of his set up looked like a telephone exchange. He had graphic equalizers with the sliders at seemingly random positions and you didn't dare touch anything or he'd freak. The only time he ever used this stuff was when he had guests over.
So why did he have so much stuff and why did he keep on buying stuff? Because he had to have better equipment than everyone else. Whenever one of his friends bought a new Mackintosh this or a Marantz that, he'd have to get one that was better and out went the "inferior" component. Our garage was full of stuff he said was "broken" but I found all of it either worked perfectly, or needed a simple repair like a tube replacement or had some cosmetic defect. By robbing his "junk" I was able to piece together a pretty good system myself. I still
have the Marantz 2325 he replaced around 1980 (I taped a broadcast of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" off of it!) and the thing still sounds better than any other FM receiver I've owed and I used it all through college. I think he replaced that one because the light behind the strength and multipath meter (yes, a multipath meter!) burned out. Oops, it's still burned out.
But 96K HD Radio from this first generation B.A. Recepter sounds better than anything I've gotten on that receiver. As long as HD Radio can continue to do this, it will continue to be the superior transmission method. If you want to hear the best sounding radio, this is what you'll have to buy. If my dad were alive today, no, he would NOT
buy it because it's digital and digital is garbage. He thought a CD was something you got at the bank, not something with music on it. He called me an idiot when I told him TV stations receive digital feeds from the networks. If a clock didn't have hands, he couldn't tell you what time it was. Yes, we disagreed on many other things.
Unfortunately, I'm down to only ONE 96K station in Portland now so things aren't looking good.
Fortunately it's my favorite jazz station that sounds pretty bad in analog but I have a feeling the clock is running out on this station's great digital audio. Even the public broadcasting stations are adding useless 48K channels for no logical reason.