An Audio Glossary by J. Gordon Holt

Subjective audio is the evaluation of reproduced sound quality by ear. It is based on the novel idea that, since audio equipment is made to be listened to, what it sounds like is more important than how it measures. This was a natural outgrowth of the 1950s high-fidelity “revolution,” which spawned the notion that a component, and an audio system as a whole, should reproduce what is fed into it, without adding anything to it or subtracting anything from it.

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Which Way to Run a Cable?

Roger Skoff writes about everybody’s favorite controversial product.

While the debate continues on the internet over whether different cables sound different, those of us with the ears and listening skills to hear it and the systems and listening environments of sufficient resolution to show it know that it’s not just different cables that sound different, but that even the same cable, hooked-up differently, can make for clear and obvious differences in the sound of our music.

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