The ancient Greeks used the word philìa to express affection for certain interests in common between friends.
The audiophilìa then, wants to indicate the intense interest in the recorded music to listen in common between friends through electronic equipment of High Fidelity, more or less sophisticated.
There are two ways to enjoy music. Live in concert, in direct contact with the musicians and their musical message, or sitting in chair listening to recorded music on CD or Vinyl in an environment dedicated to this purpose. It will be an environment closed, full of electronic equipment of High Fidelity as it could be for example, a domestic living room. The aim is to be able to hear the same song repeatedly, just for the pleasure of listen to it, or to make comparisons or research of various kinds. From here, comes also the term Audiophile that indicates a person who likes to listen to recorded music in a sublime way. The Audiophile is in every sense a true connoisseur. Some time ago it was a hobby exclusively male, but rightly not anymore.
To achieve its objectives the Audiophile will try to have the best audio equipment available on the market. He will select them with patience and according to its financial availability.
In any case it will always be willing to spend a lot of money just to get through its Hi-Fi System, a listening that faithfully reproduce the same scene and the same emotions of the original event. Finally, after so much effort in finding the ideal position in the listening room to the Speaker Systems which are the most critical elements of the High End chain, the auditory results will be very rewarding.
From all this it is clear that the Hi-Fi is the technology in its highest form of scientific sophistication, which means in the State of the Art.
To recognize the quality of a system of High Fidelity or High End that is, I mean the set of amplifier, CD player and Speakers, the Audiophile listener must first be able to distinguish with his hearing every instrument of a musical group during the set of their execution. There are some Audiophiles prized for their high auditory abilities. For some, it is a natural gift. They have the ear of the bat.
There is, in any case, a method to achieve this capacity. It is not difficult, with exercise and patience, you can get.
What is the method? I explain it in : LISTENING TECHNIQUE