Amplifier (noun): An electronic device that amplifies the audio signal from a source, such as a microphone or music player, and increases the power of the sound to drive speakers.
Audio (noun/adjective): Refers to sound, music, or speech that is recorded, broadcasted, or played back. Audio can also describe equipment, such as speakers or microphones, used for recording or playing back sound.
Acoustics (noun): The scientific study of sound and how it behaves in various environments, such as a room or auditorium. Understanding acoustics is important for designing and optimizing speaker systems for different spaces.
Alexa (noun): A virtual assistant developed by Amazon that can interact with smart speakers to perform various tasks, such as playing music, setting reminders, and controlling smart home devices.
AirPlay (noun): A proprietary wireless streaming protocol developed by Apple that allows users to stream audio and video content from Apple devices to compatible speakers or televisions.
Active (adjective): Refers to speakers that have their own built-in amplifier and power source, allowing them to produce sound without needing to be connected to an external amplifier.
Audio jack (noun): A connector that allows headphones or speakers to be plugged into an audio device, such as a phone or computer.
Array (noun): A group of speakers arranged in a specific configuration to achieve a desired sound coverage or directionality, such as a line array or a subwoofer array.
AptX (noun): A wireless audio codec developed by Qualcomm that can deliver high-quality audio over Bluetooth connections, with lower latency and better audio quality than standard Bluetooth audio.
Analog (adjective): Refers to audio signals that are represented by continuously varying electrical signals, as opposed to digital signals that are represented by discrete binary values. Analog speakers are typically powered by an analog amplifier.
Bluetooth – (noun) a wireless technology used for exchanging data over short distances between electronic devices, including speakers. Bluetooth-enabled speakers can connect to devices like smartphones and laptops without the need for cords or wires.
Bass – (noun) the low-frequency sound in music or other audio that gives it a full, rich quality. Many speakers, particularly subwoofers, are designed to emphasize or enhance bass frequencies for a more powerful sound.
Bookshelf speaker – (noun) a compact speaker designed to sit on a shelf or other flat surface, typically used for home audio systems. Bookshelf speakers come in a variety of sizes and power levels and can be used for both stereo and surround sound setups.
Blackout – (noun) a term used to describe a speaker that has been damaged or destroyed due to excessive volume or power input. Overdriving a speaker can cause its internal components to melt or burn, resulting in a loss of sound quality or total failure.
Balanced input – (noun) a type of input found on some speakers that provides a noise-free signal by canceling out any common-mode signals that may be present. Balanced inputs are often used in professional audio settings, such as recording studios or live sound setups.
Beamforming – (noun) a signal processing technique used in some speakers to focus sound waves in a specific direction, allowing for better clarity and reduced distortion. Beamforming is often used in home theater systems or other setups where directional sound is important.
Bass reflex – (noun) a type of speaker design that uses a port or opening to enhance the low-frequency sound produced by the speaker. Bass reflex speakers can produce more bass than similarly sized sealed speakers, but may require more power to operate.
Bluetooth range – (noun) the maximum distance over which a Bluetooth-enabled speaker can connect to a device. Bluetooth range can vary depending on the strength of the speaker’s antenna, as well as any physical barriers that may be present between the speaker and the device.
Binding post – (noun) a type of speaker connector that allows for easy attachment and removal of speaker wires. Binding posts can be found on the back of many speakers and are often color-coded to indicate which wire goes where.
Bridge-tied load – (noun) a type of amplifier circuit often used in subwoofers that allows for higher power output and better efficiency. Bridge-tied load circuits use two amplifier channels to drive a single speaker, effectively doubling the amount of power that can be delivered.
Chromecast (noun) – A streaming device that plugs into a TV’s HDMI port, allowing users to stream content from their mobile devices or computer to their TV.
Connectivity (noun) – The ability of a device to connect to other devices or networks, often used to describe the range and strength of wireless connections.
Crossover (noun) – A device or circuit that splits a single audio signal into separate frequency bands, allowing each band to be sent to a separate speaker.
Coaxial (adjective) – Referring to a type of cable that has a central conductor surrounded by an insulating layer and a shield, commonly used for transmitting audio or video signals.
Compression (noun) – The process of reducing the dynamic range of an audio signal, often used to make recordings sound louder.
Calibration (noun) – The process of adjusting a speaker or sound system to produce the most accurate and balanced sound possible.
Clarity (noun) – The quality of sound that allows individual sounds or instruments to be heard distinctly.
Crossover frequency (noun) – The frequency at which a crossover circuit splits an audio signal into separate frequency bands.
Channel (noun) – A discrete audio signal that is part of a multi-channel audio system, such as a 5.1 surround sound system.
Ceiling speaker (noun) – A speaker that is installed in the ceiling, often used in home theater or distributed audio systems.
Center channel (noun) – The speaker in a multi-channel audio system that is responsible for reproducing dialogue and other centre-focused sounds.
Cabinet (noun) – The enclosure that houses the speaker drivers and other components in a speaker system.
Cone (noun) – The part of a speaker driver that moves back and forth to produce sound waves.
Class D (adjective) – Referring to a type of amplifier that uses pulse-width modulation to achieve high efficiency and low distortion.
Cutoff frequency (noun) – The frequency at which a filter begins to attenuate a signal, often used in crossover circuits.
Compression driver (noun) – A type of speaker driver that uses a diaphragm and a compression chamber to produce high-frequency sound waves.
Ceiling mount (noun) – A type of mounting system that allows speakers to be mounted flush with the ceiling, often used in home theater or distributed audio systems.
Coherence (noun) – The quality of sound that allows individual sounds or instruments to blend together harmoniously.
Cable management (noun) – The practice of organizing and concealing cables to improve the appearance and functionality of a speaker or sound system.
Component (noun) – A part or module that is part of a larger speaker or sound system, such as a driver, crossover, or amplifier.
Driver (noun) – The component of a speaker that converts electrical signals into sound waves. It consists of a magnet, voice coil, and diaphragm, and is responsible for the quality and accuracy of the sound produced by the speaker.
Diaphragm (noun) – The part of the driver that vibrates to produce sound waves. It is usually made of paper, plastic, or metal, and its size and shape can affect the sound characteristics of the speaker.
DSP (noun) – Digital Signal Processor; a microchip that optimizes sound quality by processing digital audio signals in real-time. It can enhance bass, treble, and other sound parameters to create a more dynamic and immersive listening experience.
Docking station (noun) – A device that allows you to charge and play music from a portable speaker. It typically has a slot or connector that the speaker can dock onto, and may also have additional features like remote control or radio.
Distortion (noun) – Any unwanted alteration of the sound signal that can result in a loss of clarity or fidelity. It can be caused by factors like speaker overload, clipping, or interference, and can be minimized by using high-quality components and proper speaker placement.
Decibel (noun) – A unit of measurement for sound intensity, with 0 dB representing the threshold of human hearing and 120 dB representing the threshold of pain. It is used to compare the loudness of different speakers or sound systems.
Dual (adjective) – Referring to speakers that have two drivers per enclosure, usually a woofer and a tweeter. This can improve the sound quality and range of the speaker by allowing each driver to specialize in a specific frequency range.
Dolby (proper noun) – A company that produces audio processing technology, including noise reduction, surround sound, and audio compression. It is widely used in movie theaters, home theaters, and other audio applications.
Dynamic (adjective) – Referring to speakers that have drivers that move in response to the signal, creating sound waves through the diaphragm’s vibration. This can create a more natural and lively sound compared to speakers with static drivers.
Digital (adjective) – Referring to audio signals that are represented as numerical values. Digital audio is often used in wireless speakers, where it can be transmitted without loss of quality over Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or other wireless protocols.
Directional (adjective) – Referring to speakers that are designed to project sound in a particular direction, usually by using a horn or other reflective surface. This can be useful in large rooms or outdoor settings where sound needs to be focused on a specific area
Dome (noun) – A type of diaphragm shape used in some speaker drivers. It is usually made of thin, lightweight material and has a dome-shaped profile that can improve the high-frequency response of the driver.
Delay (noun) – A time delay used to synchronize sound from multiple speakers in a system. It can be used to compensate for differences in distance or orientation between the speakers and the listener, creating a more cohesive and immersive sound field.
Damping (noun) – The reduction of unwanted vibrations in a speaker enclosure or driver. It can be achieved through materials like rubber or foam, and can improve the overall sound quality of the speaker by reducing distortion and resonances.
Directivity (noun) – The ability of a speaker to direct sound waves in a specific pattern. This can be achieved through the design of the driver, the shape of the enclosure, or the use of acoustic.
Echo (Noun) – An Amazon product line that includes smart speakers and displays that use the Alexa voice assistant to respond to voice commands and control smart home devices.
EQ (Acronym) -Short for equalizer, a feature found on many audio devices and software that adjusts the balance of frequencies in audio output, often used to enhance or fine-tune sound quality.
Electrostatic (Adjective) – A type of speaker technology that uses a thin, electrically-charged diaphragm to produce sound, resulting in highly accurate and detailed audio output.
Enclosure (Noun) – The structure that houses the components of a speaker, including the drivers, crossover, and ports, and can greatly affect the sound quality and characteristics of a speaker.
Ethernet (Noun) – A type of wired networking technology that can be used to connect speakers or other audio devices to a network or the internet, enabling features like remote control and streaming.
Expansion (Noun )- A feature found on some wireless speaker systems that allows for the addition of additional speakers, typically through the use of wireless connectivity, to create a multi-room or whole-home audio system.
External (Adjective) – Refers to speakers or other audio devices that are designed to be used outside, such as outdoor speakers or portable speakers that can be taken on the go.
Frequency Response (Noun): This term describes the range of frequencies that a speaker can produce, measured in Hertz (Hz). A wider frequency response indicates that a speaker can produce a wider range of sounds, including lower bass and higher treble.
Full-range (Adjective): A full-range speaker is a type of speaker that is designed to reproduce a wide range of frequencies, typically from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz. These speakers are often used in home theater and audio systems, as they can produce a full, rich sound.
Front-firing (Adjective): A front-firing speaker is one that is designed to direct sound waves toward the listener. This is in contrast to a down-firing speaker, which directs sound waves toward the ground. Front-firing speakers are often used in home theater systems, as they can produce a more direct and focused sound.
Free field (Noun): A free field speaker is a type of speaker that is designed to be used in a large, open space, such as an outdoor area or a large hall. These speakers are designed to produce a wide dispersion of sound, so that they can be heard clearly from a distance.
Frequency range (Noun): The frequency range of a speaker refers to the range of frequencies that it can produce. This is typically measured in Hertz (Hz) and is an important consideration when choosing a speaker for a particular application.
Floor-standing (Adjective): A floor-standing speaker is a type of speaker that is designed to be placed on the floor, rather than mounted on a wall or placed on a shelf. These speakers are often used in home theater systems, as they can produce a powerful, room-filling sound.
Far-field (Noun): A far-field speaker is a type of speaker that is designed to be used in a large room, such as a concert hall or auditorium. These speakers are designed to produce a highly directional sound, so that they can be heard clearly from a distance.
Feedback (Noun): Feedback is a phenomenon that occurs when sound from a speaker is picked up by a microphone and re-amplified by the speaker. This can result in a loud, high-pitched whistling sound, and can be avoided by using proper microphone placement and feedback suppression techniques.
Frequency cutoff (Noun): The frequency cutoff of a speaker refers to the point at which it can no longer reproduce frequencies accurately. This is typically measured in Hertz (Hz), and can be an important consideration when choosing a speaker for a particular application.
Field coil (Noun): A field coil is a type of coil that is used in some speakers to create a magnetic field. This magnetic field interacts with a permanent magnet to create the motion of the speaker cone, which produces sound.
Gain (noun): In audio technology, gain refers to the amplification of an electrical signal. It’s often used to describe the sensitivity of a microphone or the output level of a speaker.
Ground loop (noun): A ground loop occurs when there are multiple paths to ground in an electrical system, causing unwanted noise or hum in audio equipment. It’s a common problem in sound systems with multiple components.
Graphic equalizer (noun): A graphic equalizer is a type of equalizer that allows users to adjust the volume of specific frequency ranges, often represented on a visual display as a series of sliders. It’s commonly found on home audio equipment and DJ mixers.
Gig (noun): A gig is a live performance by a musician or band. It’s often used to describe smaller, more informal shows in bars or clubs, but can also refer to larger concerts or festivals.
Group delay (noun): Group delay is a measure of how long it takes for a signal to pass through a system at different frequencies. It’s often used to evaluate the performance of audio equipment such as speakers and amplifiers.
Grille (noun): The grille is the protective covering on the front of a speaker that protects the components from damage while allowing sound to pass through. It’s often made of metal or fabric.
Ground plane (noun): A ground plane is a large, flat surface used to create a reference plane for measuring the performance of an antenna or speaker. It’s often used in audio testing and measurement.
Goodmans (noun): Goodmans is a UK-based manufacturer of audio equipment, particularly speakers. The company has been in business since the 1920s and is known for producing high-quality, affordable speakers for home and professional use.
Harmonic (Adjective) – Refers to a sound that is rich, pleasing, and free from unwanted noise or distortion. Many high-end speakers are designed to produce harmonic sound.
Hiss (Noun) – A low-level noise or static that can sometimes be heard in the background of an audio signal. Wireless speakers with a high signal-to-noise ratio can minimize hiss and provide clearer sound.
High-Fidelity (Adjective) – Often abbreviated as “hi-fi,” this term refers to audio equipment and systems that are designed to reproduce sound as accurately and faithfully as possible. High-fidelity speakers are prized by audiophiles for their ability to convey the full range of sound.
Horn (Noun) – A speaker component that uses a horn-shaped enclosure to amplify and direct sound waves. Horn speakers are known for their efficiency and can produce very high volumes of sound.
Hertz (Noun) – A unit of measurement for frequency, which is the number of vibrations or cycles per second in an audio signal. The higher the frequency in hertz, the higher the pitch of the sound.
Home Theater (Noun) – A complete audio-visual system designed for use in a home, typically including a large screen or projection system, surround sound speakers, and a receiver or amplifier to control the audio and video signals.
Headphone (Noun) – A type of personal audio device that is worn over or in the ears and is used to listen to music or other audio content. Headphones can be wired or wireless and are available in a range of styles and sizes.
HDMI (Noun) – An acronym for High-Definition Multimedia Interface, a standard for transmitting high-quality audio and video signals between devices. HDMI cables are commonly used to connect audio-visual components such as Blu-ray players, game consoles, and streaming devices to TVs and other displays.
Impedance (noun): Impedance refers to the measure of opposition to the flow of electrical current in a speaker. It is typically measured in ohms and is an important factor to consider when matching speakers to amplifiers.
In-ear monitors (noun): In-ear monitors, or IEMs, are small earphones that fit inside the ear canal and are commonly used by musicians and performers to monitor their own live performances or to block out external noise.
Installation speakers (noun): These are speakers designed to be installed permanently in a fixed location, such as in-wall or in-ceiling speakers. They are often used in home theatre or multi-room audio systems.
Interface (noun): An interface is a device that connects different audio components, such as a computer and a set of speakers, allowing them to communicate with each other. It can also refer to the software that allows the user to control the audio settings.
iOS (noun): iOS is the operating system used by Apple devices such as the iPhone and iPad. Many wireless speakers are designed to be compatible with iOS devices, allowing users to stream music directly from their device.
IR remote (noun): An IR remote, or infrared remote, is a type of remote control that uses infrared light to communicate with a device. Many wireless speakers come with an IR remote to control functions such as volume and playback.
Isolation pads (noun): Isolation pads are a type of accessory that can be placed under speakers to isolate them from their surroundings and reduce vibrations. They can improve sound quality by reducing unwanted resonance and providing a more stable base for the speakers.
Jack (noun) – A connector used to transmit audio signals from one device to another. The most common size is the 3.5mm jack, also known as the headphone jack.
JBL (noun) – A brand of speakers known for their high-quality sound and durability. JBL offers a range of wireless and portable speakers suitable for home, outdoor, and party use.
Jambox (noun) – A portable wireless speaker manufactured by Jawbone. The Jambox offers Bluetooth connectivity, a built-in microphone, and high-quality sound.
Jet (noun) – A type of speaker driver that uses a small jet of air to move the diaphragm and produce sound. Jet drivers are known for their clear and detailed high-frequency reproduction.
Jitter (noun) – A term used to describe small variations in the timing of digital audio signals. Jitter can cause distortion and affect the overall sound quality of a speaker system.
JVC (noun) – A Japanese company that manufactures a range of audio and video equipment, including speakers. JVC offers a range of wired and wireless speakers suitable for home theater and music listening.
Joystick (noun) – A type of controller used for video games and other applications. Some wireless speakers feature built-in joysticks for controlling volume and other settings.
JBL Charge (noun) – A popular portable wireless speaker manufactured by JBL. The JBL Charge features a built-in battery that can provide up to 20 hours of playtime and can also charge other devices.
Jitterbug (noun) – A type of wireless speaker that features a retro design and high-quality sound. The Jitterbug is popular among vintage audio enthusiasts and collectors.
Joint Stereo (noun) – A stereo audio encoding technique that combines the left and right channels into a single channel when there is little difference between them. Joint stereo can help reduce the size of audio files without significantly affecting the sound quality.
Karaoke (noun): Karaoke is a form of interactive entertainment in which amateur singers sing along with recorded music using a microphone and a public address system.
Kilohertz (noun): Kilohertz (kHz) is a unit of frequency equal to one thousand hertz (Hz) and is commonly used to measure the frequency response of audio equipment such as speakers.
Kick drum (noun): A kick drum, also known as a bass drum, is a percussion instrument that produces a low, thumping sound and is commonly used in music genres such as rock, pop, and electronic dance music.
Klipsch (noun): Klipsch is a manufacturer of high-end audio equipment, including speakers and headphones, known for their innovative design and high-quality sound.
Loudspeaker (noun) – a device that converts electrical signals into sound waves and amplifies them to produce sound. Loudspeakers are commonly used in audio systems for home, car, or public address applications.
Line-in (noun) – a type of audio input jack found on most speakers and audio devices that allows you to connect external audio sources such as a smartphone, computer, or MP3 player.
Low-frequency (adjective) – relating to or producing sounds with a frequency below 100 Hz. Low-frequency speakers are commonly used for producing bass sounds in music and movies.
Latency (noun) – the time delay between the input of an audio signal and the output of the corresponding sound. Latency can be a problem in wireless speakers and can cause syncing issues between audio and video.
Lithium-ion (noun) – a type of rechargeable battery commonly used in portable speakers and wireless speakers. Lithium-ion batteries have a high energy density and can provide long battery life.
Long-throw (adjective) – relating to a type of speaker design that allows the speaker to produce sound at a greater distance than other speakers. Long-throw speakers are commonly used in large indoor and outdoor venues.
Line-out (noun) – a type of audio output jack found on most speakers and audio devices that allows you to connect external audio recordings devices such as a mixer or digital recorder.
Loudness (noun) – a measure of the volume or intensity of sound produced by a speaker or audio system. Loudness is usually measured in decibels (dB) and can be adjusted using volume controls.
Line Array (noun) – a type of loudspeaker system that uses a vertically arranged array of speakers to produce sound. Line arrays are commonly used in large venues such as stadiums and concert halls.
Mono (adjective) – Mono speakers output sound through a single channel, rather than multiple channels. They are often used in situations where sound quality is not as important, such as public address systems.
Megahertz (noun) – Megahertz refers to a unit of measurement for frequency, often used to describe the transmission frequency of wireless speakers. Higher frequencies can provide better sound quality but may have shorter transmission ranges.
Mounting (noun) – Mounting refers to the process of installing or attaching speakers to a surface, such as a wall or ceiling. Proper mounting can help improve sound quality and prevent damage to the speakers.
Multimedia (adjective) – Multimedia speakers are designed to handle a wide range of audio and video content, including music, movies, and games. They often feature multiple drivers and input options for connecting to various devices.
Midrange (noun) – The midrange refers to the frequency range between the bass and treble frequencies in a speaker. Midrange drivers are often used to produce clear and accurate vocals and instrument sounds.
Magnetic shielding (noun) – Magnetic shielding is a feature of some speakers that helps prevent interference from nearby electronic devices, such as computer monitors or televisions. This can help prevent distortion or other issues with the sound quality.
Microphone (noun) – A microphone is a device that converts sound waves into an electrical signal, which can then be amplified and output through speakers. Wireless microphones can be used with wireless speakers for greater mobility and flexibility.
Multichannel (adjective) – Multichannel speakers use multiple drivers to output sound through multiple channels, providing a more immersive and realistic audio experience. They are often used for home theater systems or gaming setups.
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Max power output (noun) – Max power output refers to the maximum amount of power a speaker can handle without being damaged. It is important to match the power output of the speaker with the amplifier or receiver to ensure optimal performance and prevent damage.
Midbass (noun) – The midbass refers to the frequency range between the midrange and bass frequencies in a speaker. It is responsible for producing punchy and impactful bass notes.
Nominal (adjective) – Nominal refers to the rated power handling capacity of a speaker, typically measured in watts RMS. It’s important to choose an amplifier that matches the nominal impedance of the speaker to ensure optimal performance.
Nearfield (adjective) – Nearfield refers to a type of speaker that is designed to be used at close range, typically within a few feet of the listener. Nearfield monitors are popular in recording studios, as they provide accurate sound reproduction without excessive room reflections.
Noise (noun) – Noise refers to any unwanted sound that can interfere with the listening experience. In the context of speakers, noise can come from a variety of sources, including electrical interference, ground loops, and mechanical vibrations.
Natural (adjective) – Natural refers to a speaker’s ability to reproduce sound in a lifelike, realistic manner. A natural-sounding speaker should be able to accurately reproduce a wide range of frequencies, with good transient response and low distortion.
Network (noun) – In the context of speakers, a network refers to the crossover circuitry that separates the audio signal into different frequency bands, directing each band to the appropriate driver. A well-designed network is critical to achieving good sound quality from a multi-driver speaker system.
Neodymium (noun) – Neodymium is a type of rare earth magnet that is commonly used in speaker drivers due to its high magnetic strength and lightweight. Neodymium magnets allow for smaller and lighter speaker designs without compromising performance.
NFC (abbreviation) – NFC stands for Near Field Communication, which is a technology that allows wireless data transfer between devices in close proximity. Some wireless speakers support NFC for easy pairing with compatible devices.
Non-resonant (adjective) – Non-resonant refers to a speaker enclosure design that minimizes unwanted resonances and vibrations, resulting in clearer and more accurate sound reproduction.
Natural roll-off (noun) – Natural roll-off refers to the gradual reduction in high-frequency response that occurs naturally in many speaker systems as frequency decreases. Natural roll-off can be advantageous in some applications, as it can help to reduce harshness and improve overall tonal balance.
Nomex (noun) – Nomex is a type of high-temperature-resistant material that is commonly used in speaker diaphragms. Nomex diaphragms are lightweight and rigid and can provide excellent high-frequency response and transient responses.
Omnidirectional (adjective) – This refers to a type of speaker that radiates sound in all directions, providing a 360-degree audio experience. Omnidirectional speakers are ideal for filling a room with sound, as they can project audio evenly in all directions.
Outdoor (adjective) – Outdoor speakers are designed to be used outside, such as in a backyard, patio, or other outdoor space. They are built to withstand the elements, including rain, wind, and sunlight, and are often wireless so that they can be easily moved and placed wherever needed.
Output (noun) – Output refers to the amount of power that a speaker can produce, measured in watts. The higher the output, the louder the speaker can play music or other audio. Output is an important consideration when choosing speakers, especially if you want to use them in large spaces or for outdoor events.
Onboard (adjective) – Onboard speakers are built into a device, such as a TV or computer, rather than being a separate component. While onboard speakers are convenient, they often have limited sound quality and are not ideal for listening to music or other high-fidelity audio.
Over-ear (adjective) – Over-ear headphones are designed to completely cover your ears, providing a comfortable and immersive listening experience. They are ideal for use in noisy environments, as they can block out external sounds and provide better isolation for the audio being played.
Optical (adjective) – Optical audio refers to a type of digital audio connection that uses light to transmit audio signals between devices. Optical audio can provide high-quality sound and is often used for connecting speakers to a TV or other audio source.
Pairing (verb): Pairing refers to the process of connecting two devices, such as a smartphone and a wireless speaker, to establish a wireless connection for audio playback.
Port (noun): A port is an opening in a speaker or other audio device that allows a cable or connector to be plugged in. Common types of ports include audio jacks, USB ports, and HDMI ports.
Passive (adjective): A passive speaker is one that does not require an external power source to operate. These speakers typically rely on an external amplifier to boost the audio signal.
Power (noun): Power refers to the amount of electrical energy that a speaker or other audio device requires to operate. This can be measured in watts and is typically indicated on the device’s specifications.
Peak (adjective): Peak refers to the highest level of power output that a speaker or other audio device can handle without distortion or damage. This is typically measured in watts and is indicated on the device’s specifications.
Playback (noun): Playback refers to the act of reproducing audio or video content through a speaker or other audio device. This can be done through wired or wireless connections.
Portable (adjective): A portable speaker is one that is designed to be easy to transport and use on-the-go. These speakers typically have rechargeable batteries and can be connected to a mobile device wirelessly.
Proximity (noun): Proximity refers to the distance between a device, such as a smartphone, and a wireless speaker when establishing a Bluetooth connection. The closer the devices are, the stronger the signal will be.
Quality (Noun) – A term often used in the speaker industry to describe the overall sound and build of a speaker. Quality speakers are known for their clarity, depth, and richness of sound.
Quadraphonic (Adjective) – Refers to a four-channel audio system that can play sound from four different sources simultaneously. Quadraphonic speakers are designed to create a more immersive listening experience by placing speakers in all four corners of the room.
Quick Charge (Noun) – A technology that allows wireless speakers to charge quickly and efficiently, reducing the time needed for charging. Quick charge speakers are perfect for those on the go who need to keep their speakers charged at all times.
Quasi-Anechoic (Adjective) – Refers to a type of speaker testing that takes place in a room that is almost completely devoid of sound reflection. This is done to get accurate and reliable measurements of a speaker’s performance.
QuietPort (Noun) – A type of speaker port technology developed by Bose that reduces the air turbulence and distortion often associated with speaker ports. QuietPort speakers are known for their clear and accurate bass response.
Quarter Wavelength (Noun) – A type of speaker design that uses a quarter wavelength of sound to enhance the bass response of a speaker. Quarter wavelength speakers are often used in subwoofers and other bass-heavy speaker systems.
Receiver (noun): A device that receives signals, such as audio signals, from a transmitter and converts them into sound. It is an essential component of wireless speakers and can also be used in stereo systems.
Range (noun): The distance over which a wireless speaker can transmit audio signals without any interruption. It is an important consideration when purchasing wireless speakers, especially for outdoor use.
Remote (noun): A handheld device that allows users to control the functions of a speaker or a stereo system without physically interacting with it. Many wireless speakers come with a remote control for convenience.
Resonance (noun): The quality of a speaker’s sound that is influenced by its shape, size, and materials. A speaker with good resonance produces clear, natural-sounding audio.
RMS (abbreviation): Stands for Root Mean Square and refers to the amount of continuous power a speaker can handle without being damaged. It is an important specification to consider when selecting speakers.
Room-filling (adjective): A term used to describe speakers that are capable of producing high-quality audio that can fill an entire room. Room-filling speakers are great for entertaining or for creating a home theater experience.
Resistance (noun): The measure of how much electrical current is impeded by a speaker’s resistance to the flow of electricity. It is an important specification to consider when selecting speakers or amplifiers.
Response (noun): Refers to a speaker’s ability to accurately reproduce sound across a range of frequencies. Speakers with good frequency responses can produce clear, balanced audio.
Ribbon (noun): A type of speaker driver that uses a thin ribbon of conductive material to create sound. Ribbon speakers are known for their high-frequency accuracy and fast transient response.
Radiator (noun): A passive device used to enhance the bass response of a speaker. It works by using the back wave of a speaker driver to vibrate a diaphragm, creating additional bass output.
Speaker (noun) – A device that converts electrical signals into sound waves so that they can be heard. Speakers come in various shapes, sizes, and designs and are used in many different applications, such as home audio systems, car audio systems, and public address systems.
Soundbar (noun) – A long, narrow speaker that is designed to be placed under or above a TV to enhance the audio quality of movies, TV shows, and other media. Soundbars can be connected to TVs via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or HDMI cables.
Subwoofer (noun) – A type of speaker that is designed to reproduce low-frequency sounds, such as bass and drums. Subwoofers are often used in home theatres, car audio systems, and live music venues.
Surround sound (noun) – A type of audio technology that uses multiple speakers to create a more immersive sound experience. Surround sound systems typically include a front left, front right, centre, rear left, and rear right speaker.
Speakerphone (noun) – A phone that has a built-in speaker and microphone, allowing the user to talk and listen without holding the phone up to their ear. Speakerphones are often used in conference calls and other situations where multiple people need to participate in a conversation.
Sound system (noun) – A collection of audio components that work together to produce sound. A sound system can include speakers, amplifiers, mixers, and other equipment.
Stereo (noun) – A type of audio system that uses two speakers to reproduce sound. Stereo systems are often used for music playback and home theatre systems.
Sound quality (noun) – A subjective measure of how good or bad audio sounds. Sound quality is affected by many factors, including the quality of the speakers, the source of the audio, and the environment in which it is being played.
SPL (Sound Pressure Level) (noun) – A measure of the loudness of sound. SPL is measured in decibels (dB) and is often used to describe the output of speakers and other audio equipment
Transducer (noun): A device that converts electrical signals into sound waves or vice versa. Transducers are essential components of speakers, as they convert electrical signals into audible sounds.
Tweeter (noun): A type of speaker driver designed to produce high-frequency sounds, typically above 2 kHz. Tweeters are usually found in combination with woofers and midrange drivers to create a full-range speaker system.
Two-way speaker (noun): A speaker system that uses two drivers, typically a woofer and a tweeter, to reproduce a wide range of frequencies. Two-way speakers are common in home stereo systems and other audio setups.
Total Harmonic Distortion
Total harmonic distortion (THD) (noun): The measure of the amount of distortion introduced into an audio signal by a speaker or other audio device. THD is typically expressed as a percentage and is an important factor in evaluating the sound quality of a speaker.
True wireless (adjective): A term used to describe wireless speakers or earbuds that do not require any cables or wires to connect to a device. True wireless speakers use Bluetooth or other wireless protocols to connect to a source device.
Treble (noun): The high-frequency range of an audio signal, typically between 2 kHz and 20 kHz. Treble is an important part of the overall sound quality of a speaker or audio system.
Transmitter (noun): A device that sends audio signals wirelessly to a receiver or other device. Transmitters are commonly used with wireless speakers and headphones to send audio from a source device to the speakers or headphones.
Ultra-compact (adjective): Refers to a speaker or sound system that is extremely small and lightweight, making it easy to transport and store. Ultra-compact speakers are popular for use in portable audio devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
UHF (abbreviation): Stands for “ultra-high frequency,” which refers to a range of radio frequencies between 300 MHz and 3 GHz. UHF is commonly used for wireless audio transmission, such as in wireless microphones and in-ear monitors.
USB (abbreviation): Stands for “universal serial bus,” which is a common interface used to connect electronic devices to a computer or other host device. Many modern speakers feature USB connectivity, allowing users to play audio files directly from their computers or mobile devices.
Unidirectional (adjective): Refers to a microphone or speaker that is designed to pick up sound from only one direction. Unidirectional microphones are often used in live performance settings to reduce background noise and improve sound quality.
Upgrade (verb): Refers to the process of improving or enhancing a speaker or sound system by replacing or adding components. Upgrades can include adding subwoofers, upgrading amplifier power, or installing new speakers with better frequency response.
User-friendly (adjective): Refers to a speaker or sound system that is easy to operate and understand, even for those who are not technically savvy. User-friendly speakers often feature intuitive controls and simple setup procedures.
Volume (noun): The degree or intensity of sound produced by a speaker or audio system. It can be adjusted using a control knob or button.
Voice coil (noun): A component of a speaker that converts electrical signals into mechanical energy, which moves the speaker cone and produces sound.
Vibrations (noun): Rapid back-and-forth movements of a speaker cone that create sound waves. The quality and clarity of the sound produced by a speaker depending on the smoothness and consistency of its vibrations.
Virtual surround sound
Virtual surround sound (noun): A technology that creates the illusion of a surround sound system using only two or more speakers. It can enhance the audio experience of movies, music, and games.
Vent (noun): An opening or passage in a speaker enclosure that allows air to escape, improving the bass response and reducing distortion.
Vibration isolation (noun): The process of minimizing or eliminating unwanted vibrations from a speaker or audio system. It can be achieved through the use of specialized stands, pads, or other accessories.
Voice assistant (noun): A digital assistant that can respond to voice commands and perform various tasks, such as playing music, setting reminders, or answering questions. Many wireless speakers now come with built-in voice assistants, such as Alexa or Google Assistant.
Volume limiter (noun): A feature that restricts the maximum volume output of a speaker or audio system, to protect the listener’s hearing and prevent damage to the equipment.
Voice clarity (noun): The degree to which speech or vocals can be heard and understood clearly through a speaker or audio system. It depends on factors such as the quality of the recording, the speaker’s frequency response, and the environment in which the sound is played.
Vacuum tube (noun): An electronic component used in some high-end speakers and amplifiers, which uses vacuum technology to amplify signals and produce warm, natural-sounding audio.
Wireless (adjective) Refers to the technology used to transmit audio signals without the need for physical cables. Wireless speakers allow you to enjoy your music without the hassle of tangled cords.
Watt (noun) A unit of measurement used to quantify the amount of power a speaker can handle. When shopping for speakers, it’s important to pay attention to the wattage to ensure that it is compatible with your audio equipment.
Woofer (noun) A type of speaker that is designed to produce low-frequency sound, typically between 20Hz and 1kHz. These speakers are commonly used in home theatre systems and can provide deep and powerful bass.
Wavelength (noun) The distance between two consecutive peaks or troughs of a sound wave. Wavelength is an important factor in determining the quality of sound produced by a speaker, as longer wavelengths generally result in lower frequency sound.
Wall-mountable (adjective) Refers to speakers that are designed to be mounted on a wall or other surface. This is a popular option for home theatre systems, as it allows for a more immersive listening experience without taking up valuable floor space.
Wi-Fi (noun) A wireless networking technology that allows devices to connect to the internet and to each other without the need for physical cables. Wi-Fi enabled speakers can be controlled and streamed to from your mobile device or computer, providing a convenient way to enjoy your music.
Waveguide (noun) A structure inside a speaker that helps to direct sound waves and reduce distortion. Waveguides are commonly used in high-end speakers to improve the overall sound quality.
Waterproof (adjective) Refers to speakers that are designed to be resistant to water and other liquids. This makes them a great option for outdoor use or for use in environments where moisture is present.
Wireless charging (noun) A technology that allows devices to be charged without the need for physical cables. Some wireless speakers are equipped with wireless charging capabilities, making it easy to keep them powered up and ready to go.
XLR (Noun): XLR connectors are commonly used in professional audio equipment, including microphones, mixers, and speakers. They are known for their reliable connection and high-quality sound transmission.
X-Bass (Noun): X-Bass is a technology used in some speakers and headphones to enhance the bass response and create a more immersive listening experience. It works by boosting the lower frequencies of the audio signal.
X-Fi (Noun): X-Fi is a technology developed by Creative Labs that is used in some speakers and headphones to improve the quality of compressed audio files. It works by restoring some of the data that is lost during the compression process, resulting in a clearer and more detailed sound.
Xenon (Noun): While not directly related to speakers, Xenon is a type of gas that is commonly used in electronic flash bulbs. Many wireless speakers have built-in lights or LED displays that use Xenon flash bulbs to create a visual effect.
Xylophone (Noun): Again, not directly related to speakers, but a xylophone is a musical instrument that produces sound by striking wooden bars with mallets. Some wireless speakers have built-in xylophone sounds that can be used as ringtones or alarms.
Yield (verb) – Yield refers to the maximum power output of a speaker. It is usually measured in watts and indicates the amount of power a speaker can handle without distortion.
Yoke (noun) – Yoke is a part of a speaker driver that connects the diaphragm to the voice coil. It is typically made of metal and is responsible for controlling the movement of the diaphragm.
Y-Cable (noun) – A Y-cable is a cable with a split end that allows you to connect two speakers or other audio devices to a single output source.
Yagi antenna (noun) – A Yagi antenna is a directional antenna used to improve the signal strength of a wireless speaker. It consists of multiple elements, including a reflector, a driven element, and one or more directors.
Y-cord (noun) – A Y-cord is a type of audio cable that splits into two or more connectors, allowing you to connect multiple devices to a single output source.
Zigbee (noun): A low-power wireless communication standard commonly used for smart home devices, including some wireless speakers.
Zone (noun): In the context of wireless speakers, a zone refers to a specific area or room in a house or building where music can be played independently from other zones.
Zoom (verb): To adjust the focus of a camera lens or microphone to a particular subject or sound source. This term is sometimes used in the context of speakers and audio equipment.
Zero-latency (adjective): Referring to the absence of any delay in audio playback or transmission, which is important for applications like gaming or live performance. Some wireless speakers offer zero-latency audio.
Zonal EQ (noun): A feature found in some speakers or audio systems that allows for the adjustment of sound quality and equalization on a zone-by-zone basis.
Zobel network (noun): An electrical circuit used in some speakers to help regulate the impedance of the speaker and improve its performance.
Z-axis (noun): Refers to the vertical dimension in three-dimensional space. In the context of speakers and audio equipment, this term might be used to describe the positioning of speakers or microphones in relation to the listener or sound source.