I cant speak for the rest, but my take on the audiophile is as follows:
Give them a budget, and your preferences, and they'll suggest you the best possible choice. Its not a club that requires you to spend atleast $1000 in order to be a member. Yes there are those that spend a lot because they can, but a lot of us try to understand the science of sound, and try to make the best possible decision in the given constraints.
Being a snob has nothing to with with being an audiophile. The ones who claim to focus on "enjoying" their music more than the equipment are also being a snob in a way.
To the OP: Your comment about beats needs a bit of clarification. While you may have found that beats-bashing is a regular feature on Head-Fi, thing is, they're overpriced for the sound they have, people buy them for social/promotional reasons rather than the sound, and there are cheaper options that provide a similar or maybe better sound.
Whether you want to take advice from audiophiles is upto you. No one is asking you to spend hundreds of dollars, or charging you for the advice.
Its hypocritical to say that spending $300 on a headphone is bad if the advice comes from an audiophile, but spending the same on Beats is a matter of enjoying the music.
Edited by proton007 - 1/6/13 at 11:21pm