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    Quote Originally Posted by MrRadish View Post
    Lo-Fi - not worth listening to
    Mid-Fi - holds my attention for a bit
    Hi-Fi - absolutely captivating

    Lo-Fi - can't tell what the song is (hello bluetooth speakers)
    Mid-Fi - I might recognise the song
    Hi-Fi - makes me want to buy the album

    Lo-Fi - I don't want to listen to anything
    Mid-Fi - I enjoy the song once or twice but then need to listen to something else
    Hi-Fi - I can play the same track again and again and again and again...

    Lo-Fi - makes me wince
    Mid-Fi - makes me ask what the equipment is
    Hi-Fi - leaves me spellbound

    Lo-Fi - just turn it off already
    Mid-Fi - turn it down a bit so we can chat
    Hi-Fi - shut up, I'm listening to the music!
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulf-2007 View Post
    As the illusion of vinyl thread has lost its way and hifi has been mentioned. Describe what you think is hifi and its sound.
    The way I would put it, hi fi is a sound reproduction system that faithfully reveals how the sound was recorded, mixed and mastered. If a sound reproduction system is not hi fi, every album played on it will sound very similar. It's as if the reproduced sounds are cut from the same cloth, regardless of which CD or LP is being played.

    But to me, hi fi is not the same as a system that aims at approximating the sound of live performance. When I go to a concert hall and listen to acoustic instruments play, the sound I hear is completely different from the sound of that same performance that was recorded and played back on a hi fi system. Hi fi reproduction tends to sound more like a collage, where you can see the seams, while real live performance creates a sound that is seamless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrRadish View Post
    Lo-Fi - not worth listening to
    Mid-Fi - holds my attention for a bit
    Hi-Fi - absolutely captivating

    Lo-Fi - can't tell what the song is (hello bluetooth speakers)
    Mid-Fi - I might recognise the song
    Hi-Fi - makes me want to buy the album

    Lo-Fi - I don't want to listen to anything
    Mid-Fi - I enjoy the song once or twice but then need to listen to something else
    Hi-Fi - I can play the same track again and again and again and again...

    Lo-Fi - makes me wince
    Mid-Fi - makes me ask what the equipment is
    Hi-Fi - leaves me spellbound

    Lo-Fi - just turn it off already
    Mid-Fi - turn it down a bit so we can chat
    Hi-Fi - shut up, I'm listening to the music!
    You nailed it I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrRadish View Post
    Lo-Fi - not worth listening to
    Mid-Fi - holds my attention for a bit
    Hi-Fi - absolutely captivating

    Lo-Fi - can't tell what the song is (hello bluetooth speakers)
    Mid-Fi - I might recognise the song
    Hi-Fi - makes me want to buy the album

    Lo-Fi - I don't want to listen to anything
    Mid-Fi - I enjoy the song once or twice but then need to listen to something else
    Hi-Fi - I can play the same track again and again and again and again...

    Lo-Fi - makes me wince
    Mid-Fi - makes me ask what the equipment is
    Hi-Fi - leaves me spellbound

    Lo-Fi - just turn it off already
    Mid-Fi - turn it down a bit so we can chat
    Hi-Fi - shut up, I'm listening to the music!
    Post of the year so far? I think so!

    Now all we need to define is which gear represents "Mid-Fi", or "Hi-Fi"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Now all we need to define is which gear represents "Mid-Fi", or "Hi-Fi"...
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    That's where it all gets rather subjective.

    For me Hi-Fi has to meet all the following requirements and drops into Mid-Fi if it fails on any one of them:

    1. Great rhythm
    2. Great transparency
    3. Well balanced
    4. Doesn't do anything distracting (its only sins are of omission)

    It seems to be surprisingly hard to find gear like that. I did have some Sonus Faber Electas a long time ago that were brilliant, but constantly bugged me because they weren't mirror imaged (the tweeters were offset to the left on both of them). I'll let them off though and call them hi-fi anyway.

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    duplicated

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Post of the year so far? I think so!

    Now all we need to define is which gear represents "Mid-Fi", or "Hi-Fi"...

    Marco.
    When it comes to "hi-fi", the DIN 45500 standard is a good place to start!
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