Originally Posted by t3hggnore
Is there such a thing as "audiophile genres of music?"
No. And acoustic or electronic doesn't matter from an objective point of view.
For a given listener, it has an importance. Our listening skills evolve with the music we listen to. If someone is used to acoustic music, then unknown electronic music will sound unsuited for hifi assessment to his ears, but the opposite is true also. Someone used to electronic sounds will have problems assessing high fidelity with an acoustic recording that he doesn't know.
Using an unknown acoustic recording for someone used to acoustic, or an electronic recording for someone used to electronic, is easier, because the ear have known cues in order to process the sonic message, and try to distinguish an improvement in the system.
Some people use to say that this or that piece of equipment is "suited for electronic music", because it has a strongly coloured sound, and should be enjoyable with this kind of "artificial-flavoured" music.
I was once in a shop, talking about DACs. I once got a Micromega Microdac, which I did not like. To my ears, that used to listen only to electronic music, this DAC was not transparent... "suited for classical music", I thought.
In the salesman's opinion, who did not like it either, that DAC was just suited for electronic music !
The matter of fact is that when we do not like a kind of sound, we sometimes think, by analogy, that it is suited for a kind of music that we do not like.
Objectively, no kind of music can be neutral, except white and pink noises. While electronic music suffers from an arbitrary choice of tonal balance, and lack of dynamics (*), it is nonetheless mastered on calibrated monitors, and acoustic music suffers from the coloration of the recording location and of the microphones used.
The best music is the one that seem most demanding to your ears. Your way of listening is your own
(*) which is not always true... just listen to Kraftwerk's Man-Machine, Peter Baumann's Trans Harmonic Nights, or some Depeche Mode remixes like Personal Jesus - Pump Mix, Strangelove - Pain mix, or Kaleid - Remix (but beware of clipressed remasterings)