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In the audio world, "good" is very relative. At what point do you think something is "hi-fi" or "high-end" audio?

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Well if you are really accurate the only equipment that should be called Hi-fi or high fidelity is stuff that meats the DIN 45500 standard.



But as the terms credibility has been totally ruined by sub standard stuff been labeled with it I'm of the opinion that we should just stop using it all together.

That said I think stuff that can be called good/decent audio gear star with stuff like entry level AV receivers combined with appropriately matching speakers. Think $200 for the amp and another 200 for each pair of speakers. So an decent stereo system would cost $400

When we talk actual high-end then IMO that really does mean high-end as in near top of the line stuff and the cost of that stuff runs in the thousands.
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Hi-fi as a term for many years has been divorced of the idea of high fidelity. Maybe the most substantive, usable classification is just a term for audio products that are relatively expensive. Anyway, because of how squishy the term is, I tend not to use or think about it. It's not really very useful in terms of giving an understandable label to a product.

High-end is much the same.

It's a cop-out answer for sure though.
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Simple, "hi-fi"/"high end" products will destroy your wallet.

But it tells you nothing about how accurate they actually are rolleyes.gif
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Simple, "hi-fi"/"high end" products will destroy your wallet.

But it tells you nothing about how accurate they actually are rolleyes.gif

There may be overpriced junk but we can just ignore those. :D Just like the "OCN's Most Recommended Audio Products" thread, you can try to list best performers at a price point and then classify by price.

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In the audio world, "good" is very relative. At what point do you think something is "hi-fi" or "high-end" audio?

There's a certain price point where people start going "you spend how much on those?" That's hi-fi IMO. Usually, the average person uses low-end audio equipment and once you move outside the normal price range, it's "hi-fi". So mid-range and up IMO.
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I forget which court case it was, but there was a lawsuit over some type of NSFW pictures on someones computer. For the prosecution to continue the court had to come up with a legal definition of porn (that word will probably be blocked) was and the judge eventually said something to the degree of "I can not define what it is, but I know it when I see it"

I think the phrase can be adapted to this situation to say "I can not define it, but I know it when I hear it".
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I consider hi-fi a worn-out, outdated and deprecated term that has very little meaning anymore. It's been misused for so long that it's useless.
     
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I consider hi-fi a worn-out, outdated and deprecated term that has very little meaning anymore. It's been misused for so long that it's useless.

But this forum has a Hi-fi section. :guitar:

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Hi-Fi is a unit less concept. It can't be turned into numbers, so there is no official, measurable definition
If you define "Hi-Fi" as "The amount of money you have to spend get sound quality that is acceptable", I think its different for different groups of people.
For example:
OCN: $200 and up
Me: $3.000 and up
Audiogon: $20,000 and up
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