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Audiophile's jargon/vocabulary on headphones

post #1 of 9
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Hi everyone,

I'm pretty new to audio appreciating and I find this forum very exciting to read and learn from. But most of the time when I come across reviews using words like soundstage, mids, lows, highs, warm bass, neutral and so on.... I have a hard time trying to imagine how that is suppose to sound.

Would really appreciate if someone can interpret/explain what those jargons mean, how they are suppose to sound like, and how I can learn to write/review a headphone using those words.

Lastly, in order to get a more accurate understanding of those audio jargons, is there one piece of music whereby I can listen to, that contains all those audio qualities? Can someone guide me like, "oh, this part is about the mids, and here's a good soundstaging" in a particular music track?

Appreciates!
post #2 of 9
This describes a lot of the terms.
post #3 of 9
Ha! I didn't know that was still on my site, I thought i'd taken it down.
post #4 of 9
Stereophile audio glossary is a good starting point, although it's made not precisely from the point of view of headphone listening.

http://www.stereophile.com/reference/50/

The problem with discussion here and in other forums is that most people mean different (completely or partially) things when they talk about the same things, like "soundstage" or "bass" or "highs".

So, when in doubt, ask
post #5 of 9
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Thanks to all who replied! Those links certainly did provide me a better understanding of the terms used in audio appreciation. Well, seems like a hugh chunk of text to swallow. But I'll take it slow.

Just curious if there is any audio(hearable)-glossary guide out there? Means I can actually listen to a forward or a mid sound and such.

Best rgds,
post #6 of 9
well it's hard to reproduce that stuff on a low quality mpeg.

but really the more you get into it the more you recognize a "forward" or "rolled off" sound.

bass and soundstage were the first two things that i really noticed a change in i think.

btw, thanks for bringing back the Doom memories!
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by sleepkyng
well it's hard to reproduce that stuff on a low quality mpeg.

but really the more you get into it the more you recognize a "forward" or "rolled off" sound.

bass and soundstage were the first two things that i really noticed a change in i think.

btw, thanks for bringing back the Doom memories!
I did have some help with the glossary page but I am still not 100% sure as those are only words. If only there's some kinda audio shop that plays those sounds and then explain.

And yes, IDDQD is still available!
post #8 of 9
well the best place to go would be to go to a headfi meet!

if you know of one in your area or if your area has a history of meets (chicago, ny etc.) check em' out.
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by sleepkyng
well the best place to go would be to go to a headfi meet!

if you know of one in your area or if your area has a history of meets (chicago, ny etc.) check em' out.
Don't think they have one here in tokyo...perhaps a Hi-Fi expo.

I also tried going to audio shops to listen to various headphones but still couldn't quite make out the difference between the quality. It's really difficult...
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