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At the Boston World of Headphone's stop (which was great), I realized that I didn't know how to pronounce a lot of headphone and audio related terms correctly. I'm talking mostly about product names. Can you guys give me some help?


Clou

Grado - Sounds like grade-oh?

Impedence - I used to stumble on this... it's the same as impede (to hinder or get in the way)

Any others?
 
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Clou


Like "cow" with an "l"

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Grado - Sounds like grade-oh?


Yep.

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Impedence - I used to stumble on this... it's the same as impede (to hinder or get in the way)


Same root, but different pronunciation: IM-peh-dence (kind of like "impotence")


I'll add one for those who haven't been to a WOH Tour stop yet:

Tyll = "tile," not "till"
 
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OMG....Grado is pronounced like that....!!!!


I thought Grado was pronounced

Grad - oh

"Grad", like in graduate
 
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Heh, I've heard the Clou pronounced as "clue" before. The funniest one ever though that I heard was at the Hawaii Headfi meet...one of the guys pronounced the Cmoy amp as "Ka-Moy"
 
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Heh, I've heard the Clou pronounced as "clue" before. The funniest one ever though that I heard was at the Hawaii Headfi meet...one of the guys pronounced the Cmoy amp as "Ka-Moy"


Oops, I'll be a culprit, and an official member of the 'clue' collective, I was right with Grado though
 
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I refuse to pronounce grado like that! I always say Grah-doh

It makes me feel special.
 
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Neutrik jacks...

Not: New-trick
Correct: Noy-trick

 
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Same root, but different pronunciation: IM-peh-dence (kind of like "impotence")


Nope. Look it up. It's just like he thought, im-PEDE-uhnce.

I wonder where you heard that pronunciation, because I've NEVER heard it that way.
 
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I second that RMSzero. I've never heard IM-ped-ence anywhere. The word is pronounced the same as its root, im-PEDE-ence.

I always thought Clou was 'clue' also


I pronounce grado with a hard A, 'gray-dough'.

Etymotic is an odd one, I always said it "Eteemahtic" but Tyll pronounces the O hard instead of soft, so it comes out "Eteemohtic". I suppose he has spoken with them on the phone, so he knows the real way, right?


Neutrik = Noytrick, yes.

cmoy = cee-moy, just like you were reading Chu Moy's first initial, and last name (which is what cmoy is).

My other 'weird pronounciation' was calling the MG Head the "Mighead". I didn't want to spell out the M and the G, so I prounounced it like the russian jet plane.

But in the end, remember that pronounciation is just what we agree upon, if you want to do it a different way, more power to you. You may not be as well understood, but its your right to attempt to alter the evolution of our language by using your own pronounciations.

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It's just like he thought, im-PEDE-uhnce.

I wonder where you heard that pronunciation, because I've NEVER heard it that way.


In physics classes in college, and working at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory


Although it's funny, cuz you're right about Dictionary.com (and Merriam-Webster.com, as well) -- they list it as im-PEE-duhnz. Kind of weird that all the physicists I've been around in my life pronounced it wrong!


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Etymotic is an odd one, I always said it "Eteemahtic" but Tyll pronounces the O hard instead of soft, so it comes out "Eteemohtic". I suppose he has spoken with them on the phone, so he knows the real way, right?


It's listed as MOW-tic on their web site.
 
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hehehe, mow tick.
 
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There must be some wierd disparity through the physics community... All through my physics degree, everyone said 'Im-PEDE-ahnce'.

Of course, that was in colorado, and colorado is known as having the accent of not having an accent. Weathermen and news anchors are sent to colorado to train so they can unlearn their accents from wherever they came from.

That means my pronounciation is right! All you hick physicists can say 'IM-pedunce' all you want, but its wrong, wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong!


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Grado - Sounds like grade-oh?

I thought Grado was pronounced "Grad - oh"


I had always pronounced it the first way, with a hard "a" sound. But someone told me that the correct way is the Italian pronounciation: "Grah-doh" (soft "a", hard "o")
 
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How does one pronounce CHA-47? Is it verbally spelled out or is it something like "cha (as in the dance cha-cha) -47" ?

I actually come across the fact that I haven't any idea how to pronounce some audio terms and model numbers/names when talking to people at Audio stores, because I have never said them before. I mean, it's not like I read out loud to myself the posts on Head-Fi!
 
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Originally posted by jpelg
I had always pronounced it the first way, with a hard "a" sound. But someone told me that the correct way is the Italian pronounciation: "Grah-doh" (soft "a", hard "o")


jpelg, if you're speaking Italian, that's correct. However, like many non-English names (Aguirre is a common one in CA), Grado is now Americanized
If you call them on the phone, they pronounce it like Play-Doh
 
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