Glossary of Audiophile Terms

Ok yes I'm a newbie when it comes to the world of Audiophile vernacular.

Admittedly, I've been a little hesitant to share my thoughts in detail about the new pieces that I've acquired along my journey.

So I got my read on, and found this from Stereophile.

http://www.integracoustics.com/MUG/MUG/bbs/stereophile_audio-glossary.html

A rather comprehensive list of audiophile terms. Interesting read, that'll help me become more fluent (and understand others) in all things related to audiophile discourse.

Just sharing. :smile:
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Comments

  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,384
    HAHA! Brilliant! Now thanks to you I’m going to waste the next 2 hours of my life reading it. ;)
    In all seriousness, thanks, I’ve been left puzzled by some terms in the past. :)
    Micah

    Main system: Technics SL3200, Shure M97xE, Lafayette LR1100 for tuner, Hagerman Audio Labs Bugle 2 phono stage, NAD C352 integrated, Boston Acoustics VR 2, Boston PV500, generic ICs, and BJC Belden speaker cables.

    Desktop: Dell Precision 690 running iTunes, Yamaha RX-v665, Monitor Audio R90s, Velodyne VA-907, generic ICs and speaker cables.
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • verbverb Posts: 4,499
    Exactly! Us newbies (At least I consider myself one) gotta stick together, and up our game! I've always been an enthusiast, but never been able to articulate the details of this hobby much.
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Rega RP1 TT, VTL 2.5 Preamplifier, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs DAC, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,384
    verb wrote: »
    Exactly! Us newbies (At least I consider myself one) gotta stick together, and up our game! I've always been an enthusiast, but never been able to articulate the details of this hobby much.

    Agreed. I’ve always enjoyed good sound, only recently became an enthusiast, and am beginning to pick up all these terms, but now I can know them all whenever they are needed. :)
    That page has been bookmarked for future reference.
    Micah

    Main system: Technics SL3200, Shure M97xE, Lafayette LR1100 for tuner, Hagerman Audio Labs Bugle 2 phono stage, NAD C352 integrated, Boston Acoustics VR 2, Boston PV500, generic ICs, and BJC Belden speaker cables.

    Desktop: Dell Precision 690 running iTunes, Yamaha RX-v665, Monitor Audio R90s, Velodyne VA-907, generic ICs and speaker cables.
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • verbverb Posts: 4,499
    Lesson #1 complete. Thank you professor @OleBoot !
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Rega RP1 TT, VTL 2.5 Preamplifier, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs DAC, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 20,046
    As long as you can use terms like "jaw-dropping" "throws a huge soundstage" and "PRaT" with a straight face, what more do you need?

    :|

    If you're looking for a good, comprehensive intro to hifi, might I, humbly, suggest:

    http://www.tubebooks.org/Books/crowhurst_basic_1.pdf
    http://www.tubebooks.org/Books/crowhurst_basic_2.pdf
    http://www.tubebooks.org/Books/crowhurst_basic_3.pdf

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    Yeah, they're a little old... but so are some of us... :)
  • tonyp063tonyp063 Posts: 507
    And a 1959 Bordeaux is old too.

    Don't know about you, but *I* would pay attention to that bit of "old information"
  • Education is key to understanding sound.

    After all these years it seems 'transparency' is what a lot of hifi fans drive for and is expensive to gain each time you upgrade ones system.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,397
    Education is key to understanding sound.

    After all these years it seems 'transparency' is what a lot of hifi fans drive for and is expensive to gain each time you upgrade ones system.

    Not really. Clarity to the sound doesn't have to come with a high price tag.

    Words mean different things to different people, so put little stock in them.
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  • Not really. Clarity to the sound doesn't have to come with a high price tag.

    Words mean different things to different people, so put little stock in them.[/quote]

    I agree with you, its not my personal choice. Just from hifi owners I have met around my area.

    I understand individuality in quality. I like different systems for different moods
  • verbverb Posts: 4,499
    edited January 3
    Not really. Clarity to the sound doesn't have to come with a high price tag.

    Words mean different things to different people, so put little stock in them.

    I agree with you, its not my personal choice. Just from hifi owners I have met around my area.

    I understand individuality in quality. I like different systems for different moods

    Hey @StewartHolmes83 welcome to CP!

    The purpose of the glossary was to establish a baseline of vocabulary, so when someone remarks about the characteristics of a system, or component, at least we (me especially) can get an idea of what they may be meaning.

    I for one, am a novice, in audiophile vernacular! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Rega RP1 TT, VTL 2.5 Preamplifier, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs DAC, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • Thank you. I do apologise as I get drifting away easy ☺️

    For me it has taken me 20 years to understand the vocabulary and I wish I did what you have done here 😎

    Knowing what sound you like is very rewarding and how are you doing so far? Some great info here so far
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 10,167

    I understand individuality in quality. I like different systems for different moods

    I completely agree with this statement as I guess moods will include genre's. Different setups play better with different genre's ie 'stats like Maggies do Jazz and Classical very well etc

    Welcome to club polk

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    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 20,046
    I'm ok with some audiophilisms, but, and I am only going to say this once.
    Soundstages are not meant to be thrown

    B)

  • verbverb Posts: 4,499
    Thank you. I do apologise as I get drifting away easy ☺️

    For me it has taken me 20 years to understand the vocabulary and I wish I did what you have done here 😎

    Knowing what sound you like is very rewarding and how are you doing so far? Some great info here so far

    I'm a newbie. Been on a wild ride over the past year. When I started, I didn't know what I didn't know! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Rega RP1 TT, VTL 2.5 Preamplifier, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs DAC, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • halohalo Posts: 4,637
    Education is key to understanding sound.

    After all these years it seems 'transparency' is what a lot of hifi fans drive for and is expensive to gain each time you upgrade ones system.

    Welcome aboard!
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 1,840
    "Turn it down" = Turn it up
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  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 10,007
    Between me and the warehouse manager there are five different two channel set ups in said warehouse. Six if you include the 7.2.
    Each has its own sound signature for the media being played. One is great with classical. The other might send out some good vibes with some King Crimson on vinyl. One is kickin booty with streaming hi-red...etc.....
    Lots of experimenting with cables, sources, pre amps, amps...... It all sounds great to me in their own individual way. Rock on!
  • StewartHolmes83StewartHolmes83 Posts: 20
    edited January 6
    Am happy to see some great hifi nuts on here 😎 big hello from me 👋

    I estimate I am twenty years away from understanding what I like in hifi's..when I can't point at my speakers with my eyes shut I know am winning

    Edited again because I should proof read at least lol
  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 12,637
    "Transparency"? ~

    The best way that I have heard this summed up was actually through a visual, not written words.

    Take 40 panes of glass while trying to look at a fish swimming in crystal clear mountain water 3' down with a beautiful large rounded stone backdrop. Each window pane has a slight smoke haze or a slight.....ever so slight amount of debris or dust to it. When looking through one pane? No issues.

    Look through all 40 panes with the same issues and now we have an issue. You can barely see the fish.

    Now, put on polarized glasses. You can now see the fish better. Even at an angle, one can see that fish. Now, start removing a window pane one by one. With each pane gone, your image gets clearer and clearer. Until you are transparent.

    Now apply that to audio and one has transparency. At least in my old mind...

    Tom
    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction.
  • It is crazy how our minds thinks.

    One thing I ask myself when changing hifi is 'is it a placebo effect?'...takes me at least a week to answer myself lol
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,257
    Your system is nothing but a series of bottlenecks. $100 dacs don’t compare to $1000 dacs which don’t compare to $10,000 dacs. If you are getting similar performance between those components then you have some bottlenecks that are severely limiting the potential of the new unit. This is also why I theorize there are so many placebo arguments in audio.

    There are always exceptions but the rule holds true more than ever.
    audiothesis.com/

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  • Moose68BashMoose68Bash Posts: 3,564
    edited January 6
    treitz3 wrote: »
    "Transparency"? ~

    The best way that I have heard this summed up was actually through a visual, not written words.

    Take 40 panes of glass while trying to look at a fish swimming in crystal clear mountain water 3' down with a beautiful large rounded stone backdrop. Each window pane has a slight smoke haze or a slight.....ever so slight amount of debris or dust to it. When looking through one pane? No issues.

    Look through all 40 panes with the same issues and now we have an issue. You can barely see the fish.

    Now, put on polarized glasses. You can now see the fish better. Even at an angle, one can see that fish. Now, start removing a window pane one by one. With each pane gone, your image gets clearer and clearer. Until you are transparent.

    Now apply that to audio and one has transparency. At least in my old mind...

    Tom

    Very nice metaphor, Tom!

    Well said!
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