I'm sorry I wasn't clear, but did you read the rest of my paragraph or just that one sentence? But to clarify, I simply consider all DIY'ers to be audiophiles as they are driven by their love of audio reproduction to tweak for better sound, and consider all people who A/B components before or after purchase audiophiles. Someone who spends a few hours or days to contemplate the price/performance ratio of two skullcandies and even tries comparing their sound quality before buying is an audiophile, just maybe a little ignorant
. Anyone who gives thought to the possibility of improving music reproduction by a new tweak or choosing the right new part or different speaker placement is an audiophile.
But someone who buys skullcandy for looks or equates the higher priced ones with being de facto "better" is not an audiophile, someone who buys a really expensive speaker system because he has money to blow on a status symbol with a THX logo but never cares about if his speaker placement is good or what's inside the setup and how things work or thinks sound quality is proportionate to money spent is not an audiophile.
And why the hell not, Nazi Germany had some audiophiles, it's why they did parades at night.