An Audiophilia Top Ten. Number 9 in a new series. (Ten words/phrases this audiophile loves to hate)

by admin on December 13, 2009 · 10 comments

in Audiophilia Top Tens

No gang, we are not Luddites. We are discerning! We know what we like, and these ain’t it! There’s a reason why audiophiles still listen to two channel from technology that is almost fifty years old.

So, with tongue firmly in cheek and in no particular order, I’m no fan of the following. What about you? What are your pet hate anti audiophile words?

1. Home Theater
2. Surround Sound
3. Dolby
4. Headphones
5. Compression
6. Quadraphonic
7. MP3
8. Jitter
9. Distortion
10. DVD-A

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

John 12.13.09 at 1:38 pm


admin 12.13.09 at 2:42 pm

Add Sound docks to my list.


LL 12.13.09 at 11:36 pm

Add anything made of plastic which should cover 95% of mainstream hi-fi these days.

But you’ve gotta drop headphones from the list — I can’t blast my Totem’s in my office… You might be surprised by what a properly driven pair of Sennheisers can do in a pinch!

admin 12.13.09 at 11:39 pm

In a pinch, for sure. Gotta be no other option for me, though. Even Stax.

Mark Wieman 12.16.09 at 1:24 am

I’m curious. Why DVD-A?

admin 12.16.09 at 5:52 am

Hi Mark:

Well, the tongue was ‘firmly in the cheek’, but every time I heard DVD-A, it sounded unnatural, at least with classical music and jazz. I remember specifically Barenboim/Berlin Symphony discs. Spatially flawed. 5.1 and acoustic music is still a challenge acoustically, at least to these ears.

Cheers, a

Bill Woods 12.16.09 at 5:06 pm

5-9, i agree whole-heartedly. I can live with all the rest. Being a movie lover, I have always been a fan of 5.1, and as far as headphones go, you’ll have to pry my AKG K-601’s from my cold dead hands. I own several DVD-A disks and i like it, when it’s done right. But I guess that rule kind of goes with most everything Audio - when enough care and attention to detail are applied, the ‘magic’ comes through and makes the experience satisfying. I only admire Dolby Labs for the advances in theatre sound systems and cassette noise reduction. Back when cassettes were king (and if you drove a car post 8-track era, they were indeed the kings of transportable audio), the Dolby NR system added amazing clarity to home recorded mix tapes. Call me nostalgic, but sometimes you gotta’ give credit where credit is due. Cheers.

admin 12.17.09 at 8:30 am

Another thoughtful post, Bill. Great stuff! Many thanks. Have a great holiday season.

All the best, a

Chris 12.29.09 at 7:40 pm

Any buzz word used to market a technology.
I’m also not a fan of the word audiophile itself due to the connotations of $7000 cables and $500 wooden knobs for A/V equipment. Don’t mind the denotation, though.

I would’ve liked to see a “justification” for each term you listed, I bet there’s plenty of snark/wisdom to be had from a list like this.

admin 12.30.09 at 12:18 am

Hey Chris:

Welcome. Each , to me, are self fulfilling prophecies! :)

Cheers, a

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