Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

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

Etymologies

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audio +‎ -phile

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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)

  • 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.

    High fidelity recordings (if it's 1957)

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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