PARENTS have been warned about audiophiles targeting young people for dull chats about hi-fi.
Record shops have become magnets for middle-aged, socially awkward men attracted by products labelled ‘Audiophile Edition’.
14-year-old Tom Logan said: “I was looking at an old Fleetwood Mac record, when this bald man kind of crept up beside me.
“He asked me what kind of equipment I had at home, then before I could reply started describing his turntable which was ‘belt drive’ with a ‘low noise bearing’.
“I was trying to make my excuses but he launched into this long ramble about his ‘listening room’ and ‘tonearm setup’.
“It was so tedious that I began to feel woozy. Also I remember his breath smelled of stale cake and he had short grey stubble all over his head.
“I don’t know why but I got the feeling he was probably a dentist or accountant.”
Parent Tom Booker said: “Audiophiles target vulnerable young people then bombard them with the dullest information imaginable, to make themselves feel cool and ‘with it’. It’s disgusting.
“We had an audiophile living on our street, until his house accidentally burned down.”
Former audiophile Roy Hobbs said: “I admit it, I was obsessed with high-end audio equipment and the nuances of stereo reproductions. Sometimes I would corner younger people and make them discuss this.
“But then audio information lost at source is… no. Stop it Roy. Stop it.”