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High-End Audio: a definition by SW1X Audio Design

High-End Audio: a definition by SW1X Audio Design™

 

What defines High-End Audio?

High End Audio refers to the high performance audio reproduction equipment, which should be able to:

  • involve us emotionally
  • sound musical, natural & organic
  • reproduce the finest nuances of music recorded
  • make us forget that we are reproducing music
  • make speakers “disappear” from the room
  • provide a feeling of music being alive
  • make us feel as if the music performer is in front of us

 

What makes real High End Audio equipment:

 

What high-end audio equipment should really not be associated with:

  • Eye-catching designer furniture casing
  • Driven by the impressive complexity of the circuit design
  • Inexpensive, randomly chosen components and materials hidden inside
  • Cost driven priced according to the specs and looks with value added by marketing
  • Loaded with features that matter the least (such as displays, numerous inputs and outputs, compatibility with all formats)
  • Fashion driven by the latest technology, which tends to change all the times
  • Constantly upgraded for better, more modern and the latest versions
  • Have the most advanced specifications and measures extraordinarily
  • Frequently advertised by audio press and on the web
  • Is highly reviewed and regarded
  • Mass-produced

 

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Some interesting material for further reading here

Are You on the Road to Audio Hell?

SW1X Audio Design Philosophy

SW1X Audio Design Performance Level System

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