At some point I'd like to see the audio world speak the same language.
IMO, most audio terms are meaningless. Since there is no agreed upon definition of terms among audio reviewers and those of us who read their reviews, they only have meaning to the author. I realize audio is super subjective, but what's the point of doing a speaker review if you've got 30 worthless words thrown in to describe the speaker. It only adds confusion. There's airy, smooth, sweet, spacious, warm, detailed, crisp, rich, full, fat, muddy, harsh, bright, chesty, transparent, thin, muffled, smeared, bloated, boomy, grainy.......Shouldn't the term, "muddy" cover what is considered as smeared, bloated, boomy, grainy, lackluster, unrefined, etc.? It's either clear or muddy, right? If it ain't clear, it ain't clear. The type of mud doesn't really matter.
In Early B's world, every audio review would only be three paragraphs long -- the first one would be a physical description of the product, specs, and what gear you're using. The second paragraph would be how the product performs based on a general concensus from multiple listeners. The third paragraph should be the conclusion and whether or not the reviewer (and listeners) would actually purchase the product.
In my universe, there would only be four terms used to evaluate music:
1. Soundstage (includes imaging, depth, spaciousness, etc.)
2. Accuracy (this encompasses detail, clarity, speed, and most of the other terms used to describe the music; bottom line -- does it sound like real instruments and real singers?)
3. Dynamics (for instance, does the bass sound authoritative or wimpy?)
4. Musicality (how items 1-3 sound collectively; could also be called, "emotionality;" in other words, are you bobbing your head and tapping your feet?)
That's it. I came up with these terms because I couldn't think of any other catch-all phrases that really mattered to me when I listen to music. Music does not need to be complicated in its description -- you either like what you're hearing or you don't. No need to come up with 50 different verbal descriptions for your opinion.
Can someone let me borrow their audio dictionary? I'm headed to the toilet to read the latest edition of Stereophile. (I'm lying -- I only subscribe to it for the pictures.)