Audiophile Lexicon

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Audiophile Lexicon

Every special interest, hobby, or endeavor has its own words. Stamp collectors covet their “prexies,” “speedies” and “Zepps” and coin collectors, their “cuds,” “red books” and “wire rims.”

What seems obvious to us are about as clear as mud to others. I mean, “prexies,” “speedies” and “Zepps” are likely as mysterious as “transparency”, “sweet spot”, and “slam”.

Over the years, I have come to realize that enticing into the fold would-be audiophiles with the promise of hearing for the first time an extended soundstage, or uncovering levels of inner details is as likely to be successful to a philatelist as their promise of showing me their prized frama.

If you’re reading this post you’re likely already immersed in the lexicon of high-end audio, so we’re all speaking the same language.

I just wouldn’t be surprised if you get a few scrunched eyebrows the next time you use a term like “veiled” or “hooded” to describe what you hear.

Most people aren’t going to be in the sweet spot of understanding our language.

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Paul McGowan

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