Top 5 reasons people become audiophiles + music review

Audiophiles are a tiny, but passionate lot, how did we get this way?

The small speakers that made bass I couldn’t recall were made by Acoustic Research, they were designed by Edgar Villchur.

The Ventures wiki,

Dead Combo is a 21st century guitar instrumental band,


Drew Robertson says:

Might I ask is that a light above the painting of yourself? If not, what is it? Thanks again sir for the videos!

John says:

Don’t think type 6 are audiophiles. The way you describe them is super rich wanting the best trophy to show off, like a mansion, trophy wife, supercar, camera, watch collection or whatever. That has nothing to do with a passionate interest in music and its faithful reproduction.

Brian Sherman says:

Knock Me Out is great.

shaun says:

Audio philes are rich , they listen to the same music , they sit in a chair , middle aged or older I am none of that , .
I never heard of an audiophile till I got youtube , the name sounds like a computer thing .
Its the new fascism on youtube lol

Christian Goergen aka AstraOovier says:

More reasons: Those who want to strictly listen at home, undisturbed, no blue bloaters or pink puffers in the audience. Those who doesn’t enjoy public or do not need public appearance. Those who are in need of a hobby and feel that always listening to the same records is not enough anymore. They want to get kind of involved, some are glueing little discs on their cd player, some are constructing 12 feet horns. And for some the search for audio gear or audiophile records is a mean to join a different community, where they can share whatever they want to. And some want to gain something like an expert status. Others are answering to questions on You Tube, because their live is empty, dull and boring.

Stephen Scott says:

My love of music started when I was about 10. My sister had Queen and ELO cranked. Love at first sound. By the time I was a teenager in the early 80’s I had some friends who really knew quality gear, from Jensen Triaxe’s to Cerwin Vegas, from Denon to Yamaha decks and receivers. A friend of mine bought a Bose Wave Boom Box when they first came out – wow! Great music on great equipment is one of the greatest pleasures a person can enjoy. I think a true audiophile must have a pair of high quality headphones too. Slip on some Sennheiser 650’s, and you just can’t deny the amazing sound you hear. You don’t have to have expensive equipment to enjoy the music, but, high-quality ( ummm…expensive, but not ridiculous ) equipment makes the music so much better – that’s what a true audiophile understands and appreciates.

Marc Davis says:

The Ventures great band but The Shadows in my opinion were the finest !!!

ojars zvaigzne says:

Edgar Villchur of AR Inc.

Anthony Coyle says:

It’s the delta Steve! No, not the delta blues but the delta or change, and improvement between one component and another, or one system and another. This can get out of control and become ocd as we know. The wise thing is to get to a system that is just so musical that the music takes over and takes you ‘there’ on a reliable basis. Then you can listen to the delta blues and not worry about a damn thing!

Big Adventure says:

I became an audiophile upon my first experience “seeing” the music.

Savonn DeLivrus says:

Wealthy audio snobs are good to know….as long as they invite me over!!

blitzbbffl says:

Yeah, for me it’s No. 1. Specifically, I want to hear every delicate and nuanced detail of every note that Sir James Page has ever played, and is going to play. Some dismissively call it distortion, but it brings me great joy!

Invictus96vid says:

Excellent explanation of why I can’t be a real audiophile.

I like sounds and music. My end goal is to hear what I want to hear in the way I want to hear it. I am destination-oriented, not journey-oriented. My gear only needs to be an effective and efficient means to achieve my end goals. Looks are irrelevant. Cost (for the sake of conspicuous consumption) is irrelevant. What other people think is irrelevant; their tastes are unimportant to me.

Steve’s list is essentially correct. Interesting, though, that it includes so much that is not sound-quality-centric.

Lucas Hubert. says:

Excellent video Steve! I started to play drums at the age of 8 and by the same time i started to learn about electronics (yep, quite young, i should have been playing with RC cars instead). This whole thing slowly grew up so much. By the age of 16 i built my first tube amp and that was pretty much the start of this. So, being a musician, i really love music and the love for gear/electronics led me to this. Being a DIYer this becomes even more fun. I build my amps, preamps, measure them and listen. Being an engineer, I always wanted things to measure the best but i came to the conclusion they generally don’t sound the best. I still live this madness and love it.

Matt Parker says:

Great clip as always! Weren’t you wearing that shirt yesterday? 😉

David E.S. says:

Kind of wedged in with the gear part of the list. Some like the hunt for the gear more than anything. The music sounds like surf music and I will pass.

Doug G says:

Great video Steve, the music recommendation is exactly what I’m looking for in this channel thanks

Eric Elliott says:

I definitely DO NOT match up to #2 (I don’t “love” or “like” the gear. I have some appreciation for certain things including the vintage gear, but don’t care beyond performance, #3 (I don’t care about the tech), #4 Has not happened to me, #5 Definitely not!
As for #1: I love and listen to music, always have since early childhood! I have studied the affects of music on the human psyche. I have used the energy of music, etc. I have yet to meet an audiophile that listens to music, I mean really listens to and enjoys the music for what it is. I have met man,….at least a couple of thousand audiophiles and none of them listen to music. They listen to gear. They pretend to listen to music sometimes putting their nose in the air acting like god damn snobs. They think they know music and are the world’s gift to the rest of us, but they cringe when good real music is played. They have zero tolerance for music unless it is the album or song of the audiophile week.
So, yes, I match with #1, but IT IS THE REASON I AM NOT an audiophile. If I was an audiophile I would not have records or CDs or music in any format, nor would I have a piece of playback gear, I simply would not need it if #1 meant that I am an audiophile. I’d rather be dead than be an audiophile.

David Thompson says:

The Ventures! That takes me back to my youth.

adhanda2017 says:

I was in a small audio store someplace in Indiana. They demoed all the speakers behind a black curtain. One speaker stood out immediately. I figured it was the AR3. Nope. He smiled and pulled the curtain back. I was the KLH ! (first version I think)

frank mcguckin says:

I look at electronic as art been into electronics since I was 16 and now 65 love your inputs

Tom Besson says:

Appreciating what can be done on the budget I have to deal with rests well in my head when I listen to music I like in my listening room.

MrPeeBeeDeeBee says:

One to four for me! 😉

zog zog says:

Related to your first reason is guy like me who prefers live music but does not have much opportunity to experience it. What to do? go a bit mad on trying to get the right gear to get you music that sounds real. That requires, time, dedication, experimentation, dosh. ie an audiophile.

Ado topp says:

Steve . I think you have answered the question of why people become “Audiophiles” beautifully. I loved it . nearly brought a tear to my eye

sevaksky gasparian says:

In my case; the lack of intelligence.

Kirk William says:

Expanding on #1: Loving music, but having a bit of social anxiety & dislike of crowds keeps me away from most live shows.

boris994 says:

MY DAD. He bought Sansui 317 II, matching tuner and tape. And a fairly good Sanyo with Shure and Celestion Ditton 15 XR. Has it still today sounding very good!

Ramah Krishna says:

Hi Steve, great music review. Grew up listening to the Ventures and have a few their albums which belonged to my parents. Love their music and agree on the sound for music recorded in the 60’s. Around the same time as The Shadows from England.

hifi noob 2018 says:

It’s a great hobby, you get to combine your love of music with beautiful gear. I get a real sense of accomplishment listening to our system that we put together a piece or 2 at a time, many different components came and went before what we have now. It’s become the focal point of our house and we use it almost everyday, some of our friends think we are nuts but they all agree the music sounds amazing. The only fight I have with the wife is when we are doing some serious listening she wants the lights dimmed low and I want them on to admire the components. Regarding your question why people become audiophile’s? I would answer why do people do anything? It just feels right to us.

HouseofRecordsTacoma says:

There’s the Higgs Boson, God particle and then the music gene in our DNA.

Andrew Crain says:

A very well thought out video great job love it…..FANTASTIC VIDEO

Mike Aguiar says:

My reason was different. I was “shown BOSE” when i was 11 ish. Fell in love. Then I got a job at an audio shop. Then I was shown the difference. Right away I went FULL analog. With the little budget I had built my own tube amp. The rest is history from there.

Swinde says:

I have 11 Ventures albums, but only one is in stereo. They are a great instrumental group. Today it seems that very few instrumental groups have success on the pop charts.

MrSteamDragon says:

There seems to be some sort of stigma attached to admitting to loving the gear. Why is that ?

Of course we do (well I do). Yes it all started out liking music; I think thats a pretty fundamental prerequisite.

But when I started buying hifi mags in the late 70’s to see what kit was out there to play my music, I got hooked on the gear too. Still am. I fell in love with the aesthetic of nicely designed kit and the sound that high end systems could produce. I recall one hifi show here in Australia early 80’s I think, Ivor Tiefenbrun was in town showing off his LP12. Didn’t have a clue who he was at the time. They were introducing the FR12 tonearm and FR7 cartridge combo. I think they used NAIM amps for the demo. I recall they played Rumours by Fleetwood Mac and the SOUND the set up made straightened the hairs on my neck. Visually it was such a simple but classic design, rosewood plinth, one button and smokey grey lid. I was hooked from that moment. I had no way in hell to buy the LP12 with that arm and cartridge at that time. But…

In the two or so ensuing years I bought cheaper Turntables and amps etc and gradually traded up to a Luxman TT and then one day in late 1982 I showed up to the local store with my Luxman, some cash in hand and a 12month personal loan contract and I bought my first high end piece of kit; the LP12, FR12 and FR7 combo that hooked me at Ivor’s earlier show. I still have them and it still plays that same SOUND that hooked me all those years ago. So yeah, I’m a audiophile and working up to a pair of B&W 800D’s….maybe..someday 🙂

Dragan Antonijević says:

No 1. Wish No 5.

James Elemeth says:

I have to admit: reasons 1, 2, and 4 apply to me. When I was 13 I heard my neighbour’s stereo over the wall and got fascinated by the sound. I walked over and got hooked. His stereo was very poor but for me it was eye opening. So, that’s reason 4. A year later, I started to study electronics in high school and started to build my own tube and solid state amplifiers, woodwork for the loudspeakers, etc. and very quickly I’ve developed an ear for the better stuff in life. To this day, I’m fascinated with gear. So, that’s reason 2. I think reason 1 needs no further explanation!

Elke's Alchemy says:

Hey Steve, I’m so glad you are interested in something other than just selling out and doing those stupid ‘Police Academy’ movies yet again!

Ann C says:

“Those who are rich only want the best!” It is true that you need to be careful with those clients. Most of you audiophiles have a clear standpoint about analogue music. Therefore, if you sell this rich person a turntable or an R2R machine, you will not make him or her happy because this client wants to enter his 4 million dollar apartment and say: “Hey Siri, play Miles Davis please”. Not exactly the best quality, also not the worst in my honest opinion, but that client has zero interest in figuring out how to playback a tails-out winded quarter-inch tape, correctly.

Arkman says:

Good job Steve

Brian B says:

I think The Venture’s best album is The Ventures In Space.

Dambuster says:

Hearing music live is all ways exciting listening to the rich sound of live instruments is very emotive it draw,s you in to how they want you to here how it should sound. HI FI cant do that but its close to the sound than a table top radio.

Rene Hansen says:

great vid today Steve…..THX

Mark Fischer says:

Once upon a time I was an audiophile in the sense people who regard themselves as audiophiles use it. That was from about 1960 when I first heard stereophonic sound to 1974 when my experiments with quadraphonic sound convinced me it was a failure. By that time I was a graduate engineer and suddenly the problem that both stereophonic and quadraphonic sound were inadequate became one of a scientific and engineering puzzle. That’s why I became an engineer, because I love puzzles and solving them. And so I became an XAGTOW, an ex audiophile going his own way. My sound systems don’t reproduce sound from recordings, they reconstruct it.

Brian Sherman says:

Steve do a video on some of your favorite records of all time…please! Love your videos.

Robert Marriott says:

Am I the only one that liked the smell of fresh electronics inside audio equipment when newly purchased? It’s like a new car smell, its awesome and wears off after awhile. Steve only mentioned the way it looks and feels but smell is good to. If you think I’m up to my ass than more nuts than a fruitcake then let me know!

writerpatrick says:

I don’t know if it’s so much a case of people becoming audiophiles as realizing they are one.

Unlike individuals, many old bands replace members but keep going until they get to a point where there might only be one or two original members. Although I can’t name any off-hand, there may be bands that have replaced all their members yet still use the same name. Instrumental bands and band members tend to last longer because members can still keep playing into their 70s whereas singers tend to start fading in their 50s.

If you like the Ventures, you should also try the Shadows (UK band) and the Phantoms (Canadian band, not to be mistaken for the UK band).

Tony C. says:

AR-3a’s were my first serious speaker system. Later on, I even had a pair of AR-LST’s. Both are long gone.

Emmanuel Pairis says:

Add a category huh? Well… some people find out that audiofile and hi-end and hifi is the truth, and the rest is lies XD

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