The Audio Guru: What is Hi-Fi? - vinylmnky

The Audio Guru: What is Hi-Fi?

The Audio Guru: What is Hi-Fi?

Vinylmnky's latest service to our Tribe is partnering up with Barry Thornton, an Audio guru to answer all of your hardware, vinyl, and audio questions - further enlightening us on how your music listening experience works and can get even better!

Barry Thornton, owner of AustinAudioWorks.com, is an experienced audiophile who has designed over 70 hi-fi products, taught psycho-acoustics, designed recording studios and performance venues, recorded records, has 30+ patents, has always been in love with vinyl, and always searching for the eargasm - that moment when the music comes alive. Barry has a long list of credits that you can find on his website, but most importantly he has lived and helped define the hi-fi era.

The latest question answered by the Audio Guru is:

 

What is Hi-Fi?

The question we have before us today is, "What is Hi-Fi?" Technically in a couple words it’s real simple, but it’s actually not. Hi-Fi simply means hi -fidelity, fidelity means faithfulness, talks about reproductive accuracy and faithful reproducing of sounds that you can record and play back. The nature of Hi-Fi changes with time, the better sounds you come across the more you will understand the difference. It is all in our minds, the whole music production is an illusion, in many ways people are encouraged to hallucinate. To play music back in a small room; the effort of the music is to make you think you are somewhere else or to cause a rekindling of feelings out from your mind that cause you to go into a different space. The “real” definition of cyberspace is where your mind goes when you are on the telephone. Think about that for a second. A good movie is something that causes you to suspend your belief in reality. Hi-Fi and audio are part of making a movie and are used to create and stimulate the mind. The more you listen, the better you will get at listening, and the more critical you will become. Hi-Fi has something to do with helping bring data to the brain. The goal is to make things feel more real and Hi-Fi will help get you there.

Barry is here to help the Tribe bolster their listening experience and provide insght into the audiophile world in small, simple, and fun bites. Go ahead, give him your best.

4 Responses

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November 21, 2017

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Max Jones
Max Jones

April 19, 2017

I recently heard the term Hi-Fi, and had no idea what it meant or referred to. Thank you for explaining in your article that Hi-Fi is part of the goal to make things feel more real. I love music and movies, and there’s something special when it all comes together right, so I’m glad there are people working to better include Hi-Fi!

John Franks
John Franks

December 30, 2016

I’ve had a “record player” of one form or another since I was three. I have always listened to music, in whatever format, but have strived for better fidelity even since I was introduced to the concept by a neighbor when I was eleven. We had a console record player/radio combination at the time and we had a portable record player with large speakers in its removable lid. I had just purchased, at age 13 with money earned from my summer job, a Columbia stereo with one speaker in the base of the record player and one in its detachable lid. My neighbor who had been into hi fi for more than a decade since the introduction of the LP, decided that buying a new preamp, amplifier, and speaker at a minimum was too much and he gave me his HiFi, turntable, preamp, amp, and speaker and thus began my journal through the world of high fidelity. So, what is HiFi. To me HiFi is a culture of listening to music with an ever-increasing goal to get everything from the source media possible. I don’t expect to recreate Carnegie Hall. Powell Symphony Hall, or the Green Roof Inn in my living room. But, I do strive to get everything from the LP or CD, or stream that is possible. I’ll have a sense of place in terms of where and how the recording was made, but that’s up to the recording engineer. What I strive to have, whether listening to speakers or recently and more often that not earphones or in-ear monitors, is a sense that I have received everything inside the recording. And, I’ll strive to hear everything that is inside the music. That’s the beauty of the HiFi culture, I can listen to the music, the recording, the playback system, the listening room, any combination or the entire experience. I because I have been a part of this HiFi culture, and I do think of HiFi as a culture, I know to what I am listening, but I am still learning all the time.

Meg Christine
Meg Christine

March 11, 2016

Loved it! Thanks for answering my question, AG!

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