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People are too focused on the idea that "pro" is somehow elitist. They aren't recognizing the fundamental difference between kit designed for listening to music and that which is designed for creating it. "Pro" doesn't mean that a certain kind of gear is more serious. It means that that gear is designed for tracking and/or composing. If MD members would prefer a more hierarchy-negating term like Music-Makers or Musical Instruments, that's fine. But audiophile is a specific term for high-end audio for the prosumer. It doesn't include instruments and equipment used for making music because that's an entirely different user-case scenario.
The Grace DAC is an example of a pro audio-designed DAC/amp that found an audiophile market because it performs a function that *works* for audiophiles. Studio monitors also can work in the audiophile section. Sadly, there is no such place for a music keyboard, guitar, electronic drum set, effects pedal or microphone. That kind of equipment is in a separate category and should remain so, with studio monitors and amp/DACs appearing under *both* categories.
Again, if you want to bypass people's preconceptions of a so-called elitist distinction by using words like Musical Instruments or Music Production, please do. Pro Audio shouldn't be an issue, since it's the correct industry term, but if it is, then the change is fine as long as things like keyboards and guitars have their own place.
If you absolutely must group everything audio related under a single category, then the first poster's Audio suggestion makes a lot more sense than Audiophile.
Hey, show of hands here... who here has seen an audiophile/Hi-Fi store selling the items below?
- USB-MIDI adapter cable
- mic preamps
- phantom power supplies
- rack effects
- mic stands
- MIDI controllers
- foot switches for guitar amplifiers
Now, show of hands again... who here has seen a music store that sells the following?
- studio monitor speakers
- studio monitor headphones
- reference-class open back headphones
- audio interfaces (that automatically double as 24-bit/192kHz DAC/amp units)
...I rest my case.
idk what it's like there but in the Netherlands we have a Bax-Shop, sells all of those things, Thomann does the same and keymusic does too
Exactly my point. 🙂 Music stores everywhere sell the same things that audiophiles want to buy, but audiophile/Hi-Fi stores don’t sell music production equipment that musicians/producers buy. If guitar effect pedals and the like could be bought through this community, then calling this community “Audiophile” is a faux pas.