Discussion in 'General Audio Discussion' started by Audiokingman, Mar 18, 2017.
If you're reading this, then you already know.
Interconnect - it's dripping with cringe.
...Or using "IC" for interconnect, thus ensuring ambiguity with "integrated circuit".
Using the term amp or amplifier when they are referring to a receiver, or avr.
I don't know. There seems to be a consensus on the meaning of that term. Cable connecting components other than speakers. What do you call them?
Nah. Nobody uses that term to describe cables terminated with RCA connectors that are used
to connect components other than speakers. Do a search here for "audio leads."
"Patch cords" and "cables" are way too vague, and describe almost anything.
Interconnects is the universally used term with a commonly accepted meaning. Shouldn't make anybody cringe.
Maybe "audio leads" is a UK thing or a general audio thing rather than "hi fi" terminology, because it's what I've heard used far more often than "interconnects", which I've only heard in audiophile circles.
"Patch cords" USED TO BE the universally used term with a commonly accepted meaning. But it was too difficult to sell patch cords at $1000 a pair. So when I see "interconnects" at those kind of prices, I don't cringe. I snort, and spit, and call them "patch cords".
Well, since the olden days, the different means of connecting one's gear has exploded. RCA cables, XLR cables, HDMI cables, coax cables, optical cables, and of course component cables, trigger cables, power cables and the ever popular USB cables.
To most, your basic RCA stereo cables are considered to be IC's. Most of the other cables are called by their unique means of passing information. I'd call RCA cables by the RCA name, but the coax cable also uses the rca plug so it's confusing. The phrase patch cords is really quite vague and will get a request for clarification.
Remote not included....
Makes perfect sense to me If the item came with a remote. What seems to be your issue with it?
A patch cord is a balanced, mono cable with phone connectors for making connections in a patch bay.
I think the term "interconnects" is a little pretentious, I first saw it reading British audio magazines, when the idea of reviewing cables came into being.
Fair enough, but it's 2 words instead of one, same number of syllables, and doesn't distinguish between speaker cables and inter... - oops, sorry - those bits of wire with RCAs (or XLRs or phone plugs) on each end that make a connection between two audio components.
But it's redundant. Inter means between two items. Obviously an audio connection will be between two components, so if you're generically referring to something just use connection.
I don't "cringe". There are thousands on this site and terms are bound to be picked up and repeated.
Separate names with a comma.