Quality Is Making a Comeback: Do You Know Your Audiophile Lingo?

Quality Is Making a Comeback: Do You Know Your Audiophile Lingo?

Digital music is ubiquitous, but performance is making a huge comeback with the resurgence in vinyl—which inherently is higher fidelity than digital music. It seems like every retail outlet now has prime real estate devoted to selling old-school records. You can also order vinyl online at places like Amazon or The Edit. You can also now download and enjoy high-resolution digital audio tracks, which is also contributing to the renewed interest in better performing audio systems. If you want high quality digital music, check out Tidal. Ready to take your system up a notch or two and enjoy really high-quality sound? Then you’ll want to be familiar with the lingo. Here’s a quick guide to understanding some of the basic gear and terms of the audiophile world. Amp/Amplifier – If you really want to do your music or movies a solid, invest in a separate amplifier and processor. These two pieces of gear separate out the amplification and processing functions that are normally combined in a receiver. The amplifier amplifies the signal and drives it to your speakers with gusto. You can get a two-channel amp for a stereo music system, a multichannel amp for a surround sound setup or even a headphone amp for personal listening. Bright/Brightness – This is a term used to describe music that is usually displayed in the upper frequencies. While brightness isn’t negative, it can become unpleasant if music is overly bright. Cables – Cables simply transfer the audio signal to your headphones or speakers. There is some controversy surrounding cables and whether or not they make a difference in the sound quality....