Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person having an ardent interest in stereo or high-fidelity sound reproduction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Etymologies

audio +‎ -phile (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Like or not, the term audiophile is associated people who spend $500 on a 6' Dennon ethernet cable expressly for digital music and helpfully labeled so it's installed in the correct direction.

    Boing Boing

  • If you're into audio recordings (which I am, since I'm prone to huge car drives), an invaluable tool in the arsenal of any audiophile is Audible. com.

    The Greats of Spoken Word

  • Unless you’re engaged in audiophile-grade recording, any general-purpose preamp should be adequate.

    Apple question « BuzzMachine

  • The headphones could be described as audiophile grade for sure by most users.

    SlashGear

  • Generally speaking the listening to so-called audiophile recordings irrespective of their inscription format is predicated on the listener's aural perception; to wit, a good ear is a must, and good judgment a necessary requirement.

    Audiophile Audition Headlines

  • You got these so called audiophile lossless albums recorded in 1970 or something with a DIY microphone build in a garage.

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  • In the case of 'classical,' the dynamic range and various orchestral - and human - voices require engineering that would blow most "audiophile" pop releases out of the water.

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  • In other words, the baseline sound for 'classical' releases is very good, but "audiophile" recordings are more of a mixed bag.

    High fidelity recordings (if it's 1957)

  • Any self-proclaimed "audiophile" who would stoop to listening to recorded music coming out of a box full of wires and circuits is nothing but a poseur.

    Boing Boing

  • Most 'audiophile' systems have very few controls, as the more circuitry the signal has to go through or exists in the system, unless shielded or separated electrically etc the more chance for interference caused by those components.

    Boing Boing

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  • It is apparently derived from audio, meaning electronic/mechanical reproduction of sound, and the Greek phile, meaning lover.

    June 26, 2009