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HiFi???

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Eran, Oct 19, 2001.

  1. Eran

    Eran Auditioning

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    Hi,
    I just wanted to know what does HiFi or Hi-Fi means.
    and if it's diffrent from RCA?
    Thanks, Eran
     
  2. Arthur Legardo

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    HIgh FIdelity
    RCA is actually the name of an (American?) electronics company.
    [Edited last by Arthur Legardo on October 19, 2001 at 06:32 AM]
     
  3. Glenn Overholt

    Glenn Overholt Producer

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    Maybe RCA invented HiFi. That one goes waaaay baaack!
    I haven't used that word in years. In opposition to LoFi, which really doesn't exist [​IMG] , HiFi was one step up from stereo.
    By the way Eran, welcome. Is there more to this?
    Glenn
     
  4. dougW

    dougW Stunt Coordinator

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    High Fidelity is right. Started as a descriptive term, for a stereo system improvement that was fairly revolutionary.
    Then was truncated to Hi-Fi, and became the buzzword for higher end 2 channel audio.
    RCA is both a company and a connector. I don't know if the company actually coined the term High Fidelity, and I certainly doubt they shortened it to a generic class- They did coin the first RCA connector, and thus, why the industry general connector came to be known as an RCA.
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  5. Jim_F

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    I remember my aunt's record player when I was a kid. It was a nice piece of furniture and sounded very good for an old mono player. It was probably late 50s vintage.
    Besides the name (RCA maybe?) it was also labeled High Fidelity.
    That was my first encounter with the term.
    Here's an interesting historical note: http://www.audioworld.net/Goodoldday...beginindex.htm
    [Edited last by Jim_F on October 19, 2001 at 10:38 AM]
     
  6. Eran

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    Hehe,
    I thought it's something new, Maybe related to surround sound, well I guess not.
    and if i get this right HiFi is used with RCA cables,
    right?
    Glenn,
    Thanks for the welcome.
    Eran
     
  7. Keith Mickunas

    Keith Mickunas Cinematographer

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    I don't think HiFi refers to a thing anymore, its just a descriptive term some people apply to stereo systems, or even record players, that they believe are of high quality. If I recall correctly, some older people refer to record players as "HiFi's", I believe George's father on Seinfeld is one of those. Some people use the terms mid-fi and hi-fi to describe the quality of equipment, like saying something is high-end or low-end or in the middle. It may also be applied to VCRs, I know there are two distinct types of VHS recorders, and with one you get good stereo separation and can pull DPL off it good. I can't recall exactly but I think those are called HiFi VCRs.
    I feel its safe to say its an adjective or descriptive noun, not a name of a particular of any type of audio or video gear, and it doesn't have any particular association with RCA connectors.
     
  8. SamRoza

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    HiFi, as said previously is High Fidelity. It's certainly not new, and hardly used anymore.
    HiFi VCRs are VCRs that have Stereo outputs on them, instead of Mono.
    I also think that Hi-Fi can be used to describe your equipment...Adcom is Hi-Fi, whereas my Pioneer is Mid-Fi.
    That's the only other context it's really used in these days.
    Sam
     
  9. Russell _T

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    And, I believe RCA stands for Radio Corporation of America.
    Russ
     
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