We talk a great deal about high-fidelity sound.
We often take it for granted.
Fidelity is about faithfulness: the degree of exactness with which something is copied or reproduced.
Faithful to the source.
Which begs the question, how high the fidelity?
My father’s high fidelity system was about as good as it got back in the day. Today, we’d likely refer to it as quaint. A good try for a vintage system.
Yet, in his day it was the cat’s meow. As faithful to the music as technically possible.
When it comes to higher fidelity we’ve gone a long way since the 1950s.
And in a few years, the bar will be raised yet again (I know this for a fact after having seen some of what’s over the horizon in terms of amplifier and gain stage designs).
How high the fidelity?
Every few years it creeps higher and higher. Who knows what the future holds?
It’ll surely be a lot higher.