Important Terms Relating to Stereos and Other Sound Systems
The following are some terms relating to stereos and other sound systems:
Balance: Balance refers to a system’s electrical circuit. In order to be balanced, the negative and positive current paths must be equally grounded. A balanced system increases sound quality and decreases interference.
Clipping: This is a kind of distortion that occurs when a stereo or sound system is overloaded. A loud, unpleasant noise may occur. Clipping can seriously damage parts of your sound system.
Damping: Damping is when an audio signal’s resonance or vibration is decreased. Some equipment may require this feature, though some people are fiercely against this feature because it alters the original audio signal.
Distortion: Distortion refers to any sound that is added to or taken away from an audio signal.
Equalization: Equalization is a modification of any recorded or played back audio. This process can improve quality by balancing the frequency.
Hi-fi: Hi-fi, or high fidelity, is how accurately a stereo or other sound system will playback a recorded audio signal. A high fidelity recording would include any original imperfections that are included in the audio.
Noise: In the world of stereos and other sound systems, noise refers to any undesired sound in an audio signal. Noise can come from various sources, such as malfunctioning equipment or signal interference.
Peak Output: Peak output is a stereo or sound system’s ability to handle sudden increases in sound. For example, a burst of power is needed when a sudden sound increase occurs during an audio track, like when a loud drum beat occurs. If the peak output of a system is low, such sudden, loud sounds will seem to be muffled.