Glossary

  • Watt (in audio terms)

    A unit of measure of the electrical power delivered by an amplifier to a speaker. Very simply stated, the formula for power is:...
  • Transparency

    Refers to how faithfully an audio system reproduces recordings. An audio system is said to be transparent if it reproduces reco...
  • Transducer

    A mechanical device that converts an electrical audio signal into physical vibrations or vice versa. A speaker driver is a tran...
  • Tonality

    In the realm of loudspeakers, tonality refers to a speaker’s overall signature sound quality based on how it was enginee...
  • Timbre

    Refers to the tonal quality or tone color of a sound that arises from its spectral characteristics (frequencies and strengths o...
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)

    A measurement of how much an input signal is distorted by an electronic or acoustical device at its output. Basically, THD ...
  • Sweet Spot

    The location within the listening area that sounds the best. Also, the location in the listening area that is along the centerl...
  • Surround Speaker

    A speaker placed in one of the surround positions of a surround-sound system. These positions include the sides and back of the...
  • Surround Sound

    A term that generally describes sound recordings with multiple channels and audio systems with multiple speakers placed around ...
  • Source Component

    An electronic device that provides an audio (and possibly video) signal to an A/V system. Examples include turntables, CD playe...
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