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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1951, originally in "High Fidelity" magazine, from audio- + -phile.


n. A person with an interest in high fidelity sound reproduction and its associated technology.


An audiophile is a person enthusiastic about high-fidelity sound reproduction.

Audiophile values may be applied at all stages of music reproduction: the initial audio recording, the production process, and the playback, which is usually in a home setting.

A key goal of audiophiles is to capture the experience of a live musical performance in a room with good acoustics, and reproduce it at home. It is widely agreed that this is very difficult and that even the best-regarded recording and playback systems rarely, if ever, achieve it.

The term High-end audio refers to playback equipment used by audiophiles, which may be bought at specialist shops and websites. High-end components include turntables, digital-to-analog converters, equalization devices, preamplifiers and amplifiers (both solid-state and vacuum tube), horn and electrostatic speakers, power conditioners, subwoofers, headphones, and acoustic room treatment.

Usage examples of "audiophile".

The furniture mixed Stickley antiques and heavy rattan with an entertainment center that would make any audiophile or movie addict weep with envy.

VCR, the color television, and the most expensive stereo known to audiophiles and burglars.

Just as the LP was invented for connoisseurs and audiophiles but spawned an entire industry, electronic mail grew first among the elite community of computer scientists on theARPANET, then later bloomed like plankton across the Internet.