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The tonal QUALITY or TIMBRE of a sound. The term is usually used in a subjective, descriptive manner, often with such adjectives as 'full' or 'rich'.
Although often employed interchangeably with ACOUSTICS, the term might better be restricted to the technology dealing with the practical applications of SOUND, as distinct from the pure science of acoustics. (It will be noted, however, that the contemporary acoustical engineer or acoustician is often mostly involved with the practical applications of sound.)
(Greek: stereos = solid; phone = sound) Generally, a term used to refer to the spatial distribution of sound, normally using AUDIO technology. More specifically, a form of reproduction which records, transmits and reproduces the original sound with two CHANNELs, regardless of the number of loudspeakers used. Also abbreviated to stereo.
Timbre or tone QUALITY is determined by the behaviour in time of the FREQUENCY content or SPECTRUM of a sound, including its TRANSIENTs which are extremely important for the identification of timbre.