What makes audiophiles tick? Are we obsessed with music? Are we obsessed with sonic quality for its own sake, sometimes giving it too much priority as compared to the music itself? Are we fascinated with the technicalities of music reproduction? If all of the above, is there a conflict between these goals? I tell myself to focus on enjoying music, but I do sometimes find myself distracted by these other goals. Are we audiophiles people who experience moments of musical bliss and, like addicts, keep chasing higher and more frequent musical highs? Is there are a risk in experiencing higher highs, in the sense that it becomes more difficult to enjoy lower highs (i.e., lesser equipment)? Can the addiction become so extreme that we suffer from pursuing something which isn't attainable? Is there anything fundamentally different about passion for audio vs other passions?