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Words that are meaningless in the context of an audio review, A list of words which discredit a review by their inclusion
wakibaki
post May 6 2012, 02:40
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I've google searched for this list, but either my search criteria are bad or it isn't out there.

My apologies if this is not an original topic.

As the title says, I'm trying to compile a list of words that are employed by audio reviewers and forum pundits in their descriptions of the performance of equipment that don't actually convey anything useful.

A couple of words that have come to my attention recently are 'uninvolving' and 'fatigueing'. Both of these at first sight are characteristics that I wouldn't want my equipment to have, but on reflection they're so unspecific that I feel that the reviewer might just as well have said 'I don't like this equipment, but for no good reason I can put a name to'. Since the whole purpose of a review is to provide specific descriptions of equipment characteristics, I've come to feel that the inclusion of these words automatically discredits the reviewer

Another word I'm not too happy with is 'thin', but perhaps you don't share my view. Anyway, I'm going to leave it open to others now to make some contributions.

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post May 7 2012, 19:03
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The following words were collected from an actual 2 part review in
an audio webzine. It's not a complete list.
Can anyone guess what was being reviewed?

Airy
Anemic
Anvil-taught
Assertive
Balanced
Bassy
Billowing
Bite
Bloom
Bold
Brassy
Breathy
Bright
Brittle
Broken
Buzz
Clarity
Clean
Clear
Closed
Clouded
Coherence
Compressed
Confident
Damped
Dark
Dense
Detail
Detailed
Diminutive
Distinct
Dynamic
Ear-grabbing
Eargasmic
Effervescent
Elegant
Exotic
Extended
Fast
Feathery
Flair
Flavored
Flowing
Fluffier
Fluid
Full
Glare
Grain
Harsh
Hollow
Impactful
Laid-back
Liquid
Liveliness
Magical
Midrange-centric
Muddy
Musical
Natural
Neutral
Occluded
Open
Overdone
Personality
Pleasing
Polite
Punchy
Refined
Rich
Romantic
Sexy
Slippery
Slow
Smooth
Sophisticated
Sparkling
Spitty
Strained
Subtle
Syrupy
Tasteful
Textured
Thick
Thin
Tight
Transparent
Veiled
Vivid
Warm
Wholesome

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post May 8 2012, 14:06
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QUOTE (ZAPNSPARK @ May 7 2012, 14:03) *
The following words were collected from an actual 2 part review in
an audio webzine. It's not a complete list.
Can anyone guess what was being reviewed?

[unnecessary full quote of list removed]

A little Googling shed the following light.

(1) The above list appeared earlier on the Gearslutz forum and was said to apply to a review of capacitors.

(2) All of the above words appear in a standard reference called "A rhyming words dictionary".

One can only speculate on the genesis of the two-part article referenced in (1).

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post May 9 2012, 16:46
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QUOTE (Arnold B. Krueger @ May 8 2012, 09:06) *
QUOTE (ZAPNSPARK @ May 7 2012, 14:03) *
The following words were collected from an actual 2 part review in
an audio webzine. It's not a complete list.
Can anyone guess what was being reviewed?

[unnecessary full quote of list removed]

A little Googling shed the following light.

(1) The above list appeared earlier on the Gearslutz forum and was said to apply to a review of capacitors.

(2) All of the above words appear in a standard reference called "A rhyming words dictionary".

One can only speculate on the genesis of the two-part article referenced in (1).



It would be easy enough to take any single issue of The Absolute Sound and develop a similar, though perhaps smaller, list.

The classic of its pretentious type is the acronym PRAT: among golden ears, components are said to differ in their 'Pace, Rhythm, and Timing'. As if amplifiers were musicians. It's Emperor's New Clothes idiocy.

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- wakibaki   Words that are meaningless in the context of an audio review   May 6 2012, 02:40
- - Glenn Gundlach   Ask 10 people for their definition of 'muddy...   May 6 2012, 06:05
- - skamp   "analog sounding" (isn't everything ...   May 6 2012, 09:58
- - Speedskater   Way back in 1990, J. Gordon Holt wrote a 152 page ...   May 6 2012, 12:38
|- - wakibaki   QUOTE (Speedskater @ May 6 2012, 12:38) W...   May 6 2012, 20:37
- - stephan_g   This glossary? BTW, "euphoric" (excited...   May 6 2012, 17:47
|- - porky_pig_jr   QUOTE (stephan_g @ May 6 2012, 17:47) Thi...   May 7 2012, 04:33
|- - skamp   QUOTE (stephan_g @ May 6 2012, 18:47) BTW...   May 7 2012, 08:58
- - bug80   Another classic: danceable   May 6 2012, 22:04
|- - andy o   QUOTE (bug80 @ May 6 2012, 14:04) Another...   May 7 2012, 02:13
|- - PoisonDan   QUOTE (bug80 @ May 6 2012, 23:04) Another...   May 7 2012, 10:52
- - smok3   some of these: "Music had a vail lifted with ...   May 6 2012, 23:19
- - greynol   I think I remember that one. Wasn't it about s...   May 7 2012, 00:27
|- - wakibaki   QUOTE (greynol @ May 7 2012, 00:27) Waki,...   May 7 2012, 03:10
- - mzil   "Butterscotch"   May 7 2012, 00:51
- - knutinh   3-dimensionality   May 7 2012, 06:36
|- - Nessuno   QUOTE (knutinh @ May 7 2012, 07:36) 3-dim...   May 7 2012, 09:01
|- - Zarggg   QUOTE (Nessuno @ May 7 2012, 04:01) QUOTE...   May 7 2012, 15:31
||- - Nessuno   QUOTE (Zarggg @ May 7 2012, 16:31) QUOTE ...   May 7 2012, 17:28
|- - knutinh   QUOTE (Nessuno @ May 7 2012, 10:01) QUOTE...   May 9 2012, 13:09
- - ech3   Warm.   May 7 2012, 14:42
- - greynol   Two points can only define one dimension (two dime...   May 7 2012, 15:36
- - greynol   It was not an analogy; it was a clarification and ...   May 7 2012, 17:33
|- - Nessuno   QUOTE (greynol @ May 7 2012, 18:33) You d...   May 7 2012, 19:08
- - Woodinville   With the way that most audio equipment reviews are...   May 7 2012, 18:01
|- - Canar   QUOTE (Woodinville @ May 7 2012, 10:01) W...   May 11 2012, 19:21
- - greynol   To add to that, it's also a shame since someti...   May 7 2012, 18:12
|- - Nessuno   QUOTE (greynol @ May 7 2012, 19:12) To ad...   May 7 2012, 20:35
|- - icstm   QUOTE (Nessuno @ May 7 2012, 19:35) QUOTE...   May 8 2012, 15:08
|- - Nessuno   QUOTE (icstm @ May 8 2012, 16:08) I am a ...   May 8 2012, 17:57
- - ZAPNSPARK   The following words were collected from an actual ...   May 7 2012, 19:03
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (ZAPNSPARK @ May 7 2012, 14:03) The...   May 8 2012, 14:06
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (Arnold B. Krueger @ May 8 2012, 09...   May 9 2012, 16:46
|- - Nessuno   Left alone all the considerations if a common thre...   May 10 2012, 08:49
|- - honestguv   QUOTE (Nessuno @ May 10 2012, 08:49) Now,...   May 10 2012, 14:38
|- - Nessuno   QUOTE (honestguv @ May 10 2012, 15:38) If...   May 10 2012, 16:54
|- - honestguv   QUOTE (Nessuno @ May 10 2012, 16:54) QUOT...   May 11 2012, 13:07
|- - Nessuno   QUOTE (honestguv @ May 11 2012, 14:07) I ...   May 11 2012, 21:57
|- - honestguv   QUOTE (Nessuno @ May 11 2012, 21:57) I ad...   May 14 2012, 14:30
|- - StephenPG   An old Simpsons song springs to mind... sorry... ...   May 14 2012, 14:50
- - ZAPNSPARK   I had posted that list of buzzwords on another for...   May 7 2012, 20:10
- - Ethan Winer   At the What's Best forum the other day, Barry ...   May 8 2012, 17:53
- - Carledwards   Audio reviews, unless limited to measurements and ...   May 9 2012, 00:18
- - greynol   Fluff words are also used by amatures in web forum...   May 9 2012, 16:32


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