Can someone explain some basic sound terminology to me?
May 19, 2015 at 9:47 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 4

rrspamrr

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I often hear users on this forum speaking of "highs" "mids" "treble" and "lows" to describe various sound signatures. This is thrown around as basic terminology yet I have no idea as to what they mean. If someone could simply describe how each sounds (or better yet, give me some examples of songs that go with each of them) I'd really appreciate it!
 
May 19, 2015 at 9:54 PM Post #2 of 4

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http://www.head-fi.org/a/describing-sound-a-glossary

Here is a glossary that should be useful as a reference until you get acquainted with the terminology.

All of the terms you stated refer to frequencies with treble being the highest, bass the lowest, and mids in the middle. Hope this helps
 
May 19, 2015 at 9:57 PM Post #3 of 4

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http://www.head-fi.org/a/describing-sound-a-glossary
 
http://www.independentrecording.net/irn/resources/freqchart/main_display.htm
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_frequency
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bass_%28sound%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treble_%28sound%29
 
May 19, 2015 at 10:00 PM Post #4 of 4

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Welcome to Head-fi rrspamrr!
Here are few links to get you started. Work your way through them slowly and you'll be speaking Head-fi-ese in no time.
 
  1. Take a look at this interactive chart. http://www.independentrecording.net/irn/resources/freqchart/main_display.htm . Move your cursor over the chart and pay attention to the description in the top right box labelled "Spectrum data"
 
  1. Check out these Head-fi articles.
A Hopefully Helpful Headphone Buying Guide For Newbies
Headphone Buying Guide
Frequency Response Of Headphones : To help you understand what you are hearing.
Describing Sound A Glossary : To understand the mumbo jumbo that Head-fiers throw around.
 
  1. ClieOS also has some great short articles on his site:

The Sound Choice - an illustration of Sonic Relationship

To Amp, Or not to Amp
 
Let us know if you have any doubts as you read.
 

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