deckers ugg boots The History of Hi
Today, “hi fi systems” grace the homes of nearly every person with even the most passing interest in music. A huge growth in the output of the musical entertainment industry has been matched by a huge growth in the afford ability and indeed, capability of consumer audio technology.
In truth though the words “Hi Fi” may not apply to every product that claims to be a fi system Hi Fi actually stands for “High Fidelity” and for the audio enthusiast (an it a very specific technology that delivers the highest quality reproductions of sound.
The claim to high fidelity was first made by audio equipment manufacturers in the 1950 used as a marketing term for the highest quality records and equipment. For many sound enthusiasts the difference was far more than just fancier and more expensive equipment. Audiophiles embraced both the new hi fi phonograph systems and the hi fi 33 LPs.
Yet by the end of the decade, the term would have become somewhat generic, displacing phonograph and record player in common usage though many systems were far from high fidelity. Luckily for audiophiles though a new technology of the 1960 the stereophonic record would see stereo displace hi fi as the common term for audio systems. With most people now referring to records on their stereo true sound enthusiasts were able to reclaim the high fidelity term. This invention also opened up a new level of accurate reproduction to the audiophile world;
the ability to simulate reverberation and a realistic approximation of the recording environment.
In the 1970 the German Institute for Standardisation (Deutsches Institut fur Normung) would actually define hi fi as a standard rather than an abstract ideal. In theory, this meant that only the equipment that met this standard could be called as “Hi Fi Equipments” yet the reality was somewhat different, with the term widely applied to audio products as a marketing term.
Today though the average modern sound system something made in the last decade or so, even towards the cheaper end of the scale still has a significantly better quality of sound than that of older sets. By and large they would qualify for the 1973 definition of if the equaliser is set properly.
Still though for the purist for the today hi fi systems are exclusively those systems at the upper end of the quality scale. Rather than the integrated sound systems commonly found in every high street electronics retailer, today audiophile and hi fi enthusiast will build a system from hi fi separates getting the very best components from specialist manufacturers on an individual basis.