Audiophile Magazines are at the core of the audiophile hobby. For decades, there weren’t very many places to get insider information, audiophile news and audiophile equipment reviews… specifically audiophile headphone reviews.
Audio Magazine was a long-time favorite in the 1970s. The Absolute Sound, although questionable ethically under publisher Harry Pearson, was also a “King Maker” in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Santa Fe, New Mexico based Mercedes repair man, Larry Archibald’s Stereophile also gained popularity in the 1980s and then was sold a number of times in the 1990s.
In the mid-1990s, with the rise of the Internet, online audiophile publications became more and more popular. They offered FREE content and ultimately the ability to comment on the audiophile reviews and news.
Publications like SoundStage.com gained popularity then. As did Audioholics.com. Jerry Del Colliano’s AudioRevolution.com (ultimately renamed AVRev.com) was perhaps the biggest game changer of the era. That audiophile publication morphed into more of a home theater publication before it was sold to Internet Brands based in El Segundo, California in late February 2008.
Today, there are a few dozen good audiophile publications. Most are online. Print magazine appeal to people above 60 years old who have, because of their age, somewhat limited spending power today.