Audiophiles get a bad press.
Even the word conjures up images of old men in tweed, listening to LPs of train sound effects on turntables that pre-date the invention of the compact disc via valve amps and speakers the size of the average inner-city bedsit. Now, we’re not adverse to the odd bit of tweed, but we think Steve Guttenberg on CNET has the right idea. Being an audiophile is about having a passion for listening to music, and you don’t need a system costing thousands of pounds to do that. Yes you need kit that comes closer to the true intentions of the artists than those headphones that come with your mobile phone, but listening is a state of mind, and a great one to be in.