I think that (finally) I have worked out from consulting a dictionary and a thesaurus and from lots of quiet reflection and discussion with other enthusiasts, that I am a audiophile and partial technophile because I am a musicophile in pursuit of true musical experiences.
I’m an audiophile in that I very much enjoy hi-fi sound reproduction, and this requires me to be something of a technophile who understands technology, because basically I’m a musicophile, as I love music.
In more than 40 years of listening to music and assembling many combinations of hi-fi components, I have learned one big lesson.
A great audio system is a cherished friend, presenting your recorded music with presence and realism: the musicians’ inspiration and emotion is palpably communicated. There’s a feeling with great music – a feeling that’s different. A great audio system reproduces recorded music in a way that brings that feeling forth.
Your home music experience can be magically transformed by careful system component matching (actually it’s really about the physics of transducers): does your recorded music reproduction sound like real musicians playing real instruments in a real space? Care and audio insights are needed where technology supports artistic expression, so ensure that you can properly audition audio equipment before selecting components for your listening pleasure. Then configuration and location play a crucial part in the performance of the system in rendering realistic music.