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Because little in life is more entertaining to me than reading someone describe how a solid-state amplifier "sounds' when operating below clipping, I figured we could help them out by widening their audio-thesaurus and supplying some new, superb verbiage via a little "Happy Memorial Day Contest".

Adjectives, adverbs, nouns, verbs, are all fine. Whatever's clever.

"Oldies and "classics" are perfectly fine too.

The rules are simple:

1. ONE WORD/ENTRY per forum member. Please do not submit another or you will be automatically eliminated from the contest and your post will be asked to be deleted from the thread. Let's be sensible please and keep it clean for the delicate eyes.

2. No duplicates (obviously). If someone happens to post "your word" seconds before you do, sorry, tough nuts: try again. The post to appear FIRST on the thread will be considered "official" Please comb the thread for words already submitted. I will do my best to keep an updated list within the thread, but do not consider it an official tracker.

2. The contest ends MEMORIAL DAY AT MIDNIGHT CST. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Yeah, it's a quickie so don't delay.

3. The winner will be determined by ME and only ME.

I harbor zero ill will against anyone on this forum despite any back and forth that has gone on through these sometimes zany (and offensive ) dialogues. Life goes on. Good luck to all.

And now, The PRIZE: ANY Blu-Ray that can be reasonably had for $20 or less. Again, let's be sensible here please. Amazon is usually a pretty decent barometer for BD price-points. This figure should afford for most new/newer releases. If it doesn't encompass your personal selection, tough nuggies, it's a PRIZE! :P Pick another.

Whatever your selection, I will purchase and ship it by Wednesday so you should have it for the weekend...unless perhaps you're an Eskimo or Islander.

I will announce the winner at 10AM CST on Tuesday, May 29th. The winner will be contacted via PM. Please respond ASAP with your choice.

Why am I doing this? Just thinking it can give us all a good laugh, but just as much, a small kickback to a forum/community that I have learned an ENORMOUS amount from and with such have consequently saved a ton of time and money.

I'm pretty certain that this doesn't violate any forum rules, but mods please contact me if it does. I've been here for years and the winner can be assured I'll "pay up", lol.

Good luck to everyone and have a wonderful and safe Memorial Weekend!

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FIRST WORD (ineligible) :

OPAQUE: ADJ NOUN AND VERB!

not transparent. As in: "I was troubled by how opaque the upper spectrum became, in sharp contrast with the translucent bass and mid-range..."


again, good luck everyone...

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RESERVED.



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I read this review a while back and luckily I was able to find it again for my word.

"Chalkiness"

"When I switched back and forth, I discerned a difference in the voice as well. There was a slight warmth and chalkiness that the Adcom imparted to the voice that the Aragon did not."

I don't want to help the competition but this review actually has a few good ones. http://www.audaud.com/audaud/MAR03/E...uip2MAR03.html
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^ excellent. lmao. Just a note to everyone, you do not have to reference a particular review for a submission. Although it doesn't hurt either, lol.


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Originally Posted by mjpearce023 View Post

I read this review a while back and luckily I was able to find it again for my word.

"Chalkiness"

"When I switched back and forth, I discerned a difference in the voice as well. There was a slight warmth and chalkiness that the Adcom imparted to the voice that the Aragon did not."

I don't want to help the competition but this review actually has a few good ones. http://www.audaud.com/audaud/MAR03/E...uip2MAR03.html

Ouch! Perhaps I should have just said "noise" or "distortion," or "edge" or "lack of clarity" but that isn't as much fun! The image of a clear/unused chalkboard surface covered with a light layer of chalk seems to be a nice visual for what I was trying to communicate.

Please no flames, esp. in the spirit of the thread!

B.

PS. My word is "syrupy." There is a whole dictionary posted in Stereophile that defines commonly used "audiophile" words as well as one from the long defunct High Performance Review as well. If enough people are interested I can look up my copy.
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Great start. Last thing you want to do is to get syrup and chalk mixed up in your sound.

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"This amplifier has a sonic etherealness you'll have to hear for yourself."

ethereal adj.
1. Characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; intangible.
2. Highly refined; delicate. See Synonyms at airy.
3.
a. Of the celestial spheres; heavenly.
b. Not of this world; spiritual.

ethe real ity
ethe realness n.
ethe really adv.

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^ Beautiful, this is already shaping up to be as good as I thought it could be.

WORD LIST:

1. chalkiness
2. syrupy
3. etherealness

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2 a : lacking in clearness or sharpness of outline

3 : marked by boisterous roughness or lack of order or restraint
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Word List:

1. Chalkiness
2. Syrupy
3. Etherealness
4. Colored
5. Wooly


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effervescent

1. giving off bubbles of gas; bubbling
2. high-spirited; vivacious

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1. Of or relating to orgasm.

2. (of a person) Able to achieve orgasm.

3. State one finds him/herself in after that new amp purchase.

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I can't remember where I read it but I thought it was funny to describe sound in such a manner - grainy.

grain·y (grn)adj. grain·i·er, grain·i·est 1. Made of or resembling grain; granular.
2. Resembling the grain of wood.
3. Having a granular appearance due to the clumping of particles in the emulsion. Used of photographs and film.

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Word List

1. Chalkiness
2. Syrupy
3. Etherealness
4. Colored
5. Wooly
6. Effervescent
7. Orgasmic
8. Grainy



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1. To stupefy or excite by the action of a chemical substance such as alcohol.
2. To stimulate or excite: "a man whom life intoxicates, who has no need of wine" (Anaïs Nin).
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"the sound is so good is somewhat intoxicating"

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1. Of, relating to, or produced by magic.
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Both definitions for different reasons:-)
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1. to pour out or forth; shed; disseminate: The town effuses warmth and hospitality.

as in "I was pleasently surpised as to how effuse the sound stage was when listening to this track"

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lmao...keep em coming, some classics here...


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1. Chalkiness
2. Syrupy
3. Etherealness
4. Colored
5. Wooly
6. Effervescent
7. Orgasmic
8. Grainy
9. Intoxicating
10. Magical
11. Effuse
12. Buttery


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1. Chalkiness
2. Syrupy
3. Etherealness
4. Colored
5. Wooly
6. Effervescent
7. Orgasmic
8. Grainy
9. Intoxicating
10. Magical
11. Effuse
12. Buttery
13. Profuse
14. Transparent


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"the presentation exudes imperious finesse"

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The Password is..."Transparency".

Use the word in a run-on sentence: "The sound was so clear, so transparent it was transparency in the flesh so that you could see and hear through it making highs that were clearly higher and lows clearly lower with the soundstage clearly situated within my cranial dome being clearly wider than a Todd AO version of South Pacific and clearly having the transparent transparency of each participant in the venue clearly located within the stage of sound and their transparency was once again, clearly transparent, so much so that you could see though it, it was so full of transparency that you could clearly see it was and is, the schiit*."

I find such subjective dross to be nothing short of the Emperor's New Clothes for Audio. If all of the above somehow disqualifies me, so be it. I am thrilled to have the chance to subjectively dismember subjectivism like that found in the Snob Press. Nothing wrong with a little subjectivism as it lies within us all, but too much is like using to much horse dung for fertilizer. It only stinks up the place and burns the crops too.


* No disrespect meant toward the excellent manufacturer of headphone amplifiers and DACs was intended. Rather the word filter caused me to have to be creative. Consider it to be homage to their coolness factor. Thanks.
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