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Thread Starter 
What is the commonly accepted word / phrase for the "material accuracy" of a headphone. I mean, literally, the ability of a headphone/speaker/whatever to reproduce the specific sound qualities of the material an instrument is made of, like wood, leather, string, etc. It seems more specific than "accuracy" or "detail". I've heard the phrase "organic quality", perhaps thats closer.

I was listening to my JVC FX500 iems last night. To my ears they have this "material accuracy" in spades. I realized I was hearing a different kind of "detail". I usually think of detail in the sense of finding a faint background sound I had not heard before. But this kind of detail was different - it was more like an emotional detail. It was like I could perceive exactly the pressure a guitarist was applying to the string, or exactly the emotion a singer was conveying with a soft note. It was really beautiful and seemed like a new experience to me. And it seemed to derive from this material accuracy.

Anyway I'd rather not type all that everytime, so, what is the audiophile term I'm missing?

post #2 of 5
Timbre reproduction? Just make up a word like everybody else.
post #3 of 5
exactly. just make up a phrase that gets the description across.
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Thread Starter 
"Natural timbre" sounds about right, I'll go with that.

Kind of goes with a wooden driver iem.
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Originally Posted by rock&rollfrenchfries View Post
exactly. just make up a phrase that gets the description across.
When you do, put it on a resume. You'll find yourself an attractive addition to some headphone manufacturer. Better yet, make up the quality you're describing and you'll be a prime candidate for head of sales at a company that sells headphone cables.
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