I realized this fact when I had my brother switch cables out for me about a dozen times and I could not guess better than about 50% between my $1,000 Cardas and my self made Blue Jeans speaker cables (yes I was truly blinded.) I'm not saying better gear doesn't sound better or provide pleasure in its design/appearance/pedigree or pride of ownership (hell, who wouldn't want a set of McIntosh monoblocs?) I guess what I'm saying is that I enjoy stereo/sound gear because I love music. I have no musical ability, play no instruments and am clueless about musical theory. But if I hear a great sound system playing (second only to live music) it draws me in and mesmerizes me. I love stereo gear because I love a great sound which is why I'm moving to a Dynakit as a dedicated stereo setup (thanks for your help Bob.)
So, is an audiophile a person with an abnormal obsessive compulsive disorder for stereo gear. Do I dear throw terms out like pedophile, agoraphile, aulophile, kleptophile...?
I'm interested to know, are you an audiophile or do you just love music? In other words, are you in love with your gear or with great sound. Happy Holidays : )