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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Paulb7664, Feb 26, 2006.
Forgive me if this is a dumb question.
What do you mean when you say it sounds Hi-Fi??
Very clean, sterile and no growl at all. Me don't like it.
In general I would say slightly scooped. This means that the mids are lowered a bit so you hear more lows and hi's. A soft (not aggressive) smiley face eq curve.
But in recent years this is also referring more to an amp and cab that has a frequency respose that is so even that whatever you put into it is what comes out of it with little coloration from the amp or cab. This can actually sound kind of mid heavy because most folks aren't used to hearing mids in a bass. Mids have been a slappers secret for years.
In the future maybe it will mean no bottom end at all!
(I hope not!)
To me it means what it says: high fidelity. That means that the system (amps+speakers) reproduce the signal placed through them as accurately as possible, imparting as little of their own frequency response, distortion, distortion spectra etc characteristics.
very clean, open, airy, and in some cases breathtakingly detailed.
while hifi can be about "accuracy", to me, its just another flavor of "sweetened", cause there's no such thing as perfectly accurate. everything imparts something. an SVT imparts its tubey goodness, and an Avalon U5 glombs on its glassy air.
thusly, even plugging your bass directly into a nice mixing board and listening back thru a nice pair of studio monitors will be as "hifi" a product i'll hear, its still a combination of the demeter tube DI, neve board, those genelec monitors, and whatever length of canare cabling.
You can't say cabling! Everyone will agree that everything else in the signal chain has some effect. But not cables! Don't forget this or another flame mega thread will start and crash the servers! You have been warned
Accurate is the best description, it puts out the same as what you put in. Typical bass cabs are far from accurate, with poor low bass, strong mid-bass, and weak midrange dispersion. Try playing your home hi-fi receiver through your bass cab and you'll wonder how your bass manages to sound good at all. The main advantage to having a hi-fi bass cab is that you can get the same sound from it as from the PA out front. Hearing what your instrument is actually capable of can be a revelation.
It depends who you ask....
To some, "hi-fi" means literally hi-fidelity reproduction, without obvious coloration.
To others, "hi-fi" means artificially enhanced highs and lows, or the polar opposite to the "old-school" tones prominent in the 1960s and 1970s.
I think the term "hi fi" has been abused to the point where it means too many different things to different people. Instead, I prefer to say "transparent" about any component that has reasonably flat response and minimal distortion. And I offer this definition while admitting that my system is anything but.
Thanks for the replys. I think I have it now.