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G'day all, in another thread recently I described one of my phono stages as 'dry sounding'.  I have long used adjectives to describe the sound of audio gear and I think such adjectives are useful in this 'application' of description.  Another that I use frequently is 'sweet' and of course, 'musical'.  Any others?  Regards, Felix.    

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How are these lists?

 

Sounds Like? An Audio Glossary (J. Gordon Holt, Jul 29, 1993,  Stereophile.com)

http://www.stereophile.com/reference/50/index1.html#Ey7FKsMuAUsoLdjx.97

 

Describing Sound - A Glossary (Head HiFi)

http://www.head-fi.org/t/220770/describing-sound-a-glossary

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Sometimes I do find it a bit wanky some of the terms I hear people use about audio... its a bit like wine.

 

Then I found myself in a room, auditioning some speakers and I didn't have any words to describe what I was hearing.

"it just sounds like its more everywhere"

"yes, these have a much bigger soundstage"

*mental note: soundstage is everywhere noise*

 

Since then I've tried to find words to describe what I'm hearing.

 

For example, I recently discovered that I don't like the sound of most metal dome tweeters, I found them sharp and piercing.

 

The words I use most to describe my music experiences have been 'detailed', 'full' and 'rich'. Which basically mean, I can hear individual instruments clearly, theres a good range of sound and its 'warm' in tone :P.

 

 

 

 

.... ahh crap, I'm becoming an Audio Snob!

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How are these lists?

 

Sounds Like? An Audio Glossary (J. Gordon Holt, Jul 29, 1993,  Stereophile.com)

http://www.stereophile.com/reference/50/index1.html#Ey7FKsMuAUsoLdjx.97

 

Describing Sound - A Glossary (Head HiFi)

http://www.head-fi.org/t/220770/describing-sound-a-glossary

This is great! I often use the word 'forensic' to describe a pair of good studio monitors  - Questeds, PMC's etc or even the old NS 10's had that unflattering but detailed quality.

Veiled is a good one too....

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brilliant soundstage, transparent, accurate, aggressive but detailed, open, airy...

 

I put it all down to the ionised, plated, directional interconnects...

 

but the accuracy and speed of the amp plays a part

 

although, the clarity and detail of the cart help

 

and for the price, it cant be beaten. its great value considering the performance

 

 

 

It sounds good

 

I dont understand why

 

this amp costs heaps

 

i shelled out heaps on this chunk of diamond

 

Its a crap entry level system, but i cant say bad stuff or I wont get anything else to play with

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