The prolific conversations about hifi are riddled with sloppy language. After careful thought and (finally) recourse to a dictionary and a thesaurus, I have concluded that because the suffix “philia” denotes a strong feeling of attraction, we would better serve our talk by using clearly distinct terms:
Audiophile – has a strong attraction to (loves) hifi sound reproduction
Technophile – loves technology
Musicophile – a music lover
Thus, a musicophile may be a technophile because they are an audiophile in their pursuit of true musical experiences.
Further, many machine fans referred to as audiophiles are actually technophiles.