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Consumer Electronics by S. P. Bali

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ANATOMY OF A HI-FI SYSTEM

The first essential is to have a stereo system. This creates a spread of sound from two loudspeakers, similar to that which we hear naturally with our ears. Virtually all sound reproduction systems are now stereo, but they are not necessarily hi-fi. There are plenty of very hi-fi stereo systems on sale, so do not confuse stereo with hi-fi.

There are two basic approaches to hi-fi. The system can be built up from several separate components, often from different manufacturers; or it can come as a single integrated system in a rack mount or music centre. Both approaches have their good and bad points.

In the late 40's and early 50's, a group of inspired enthusiasts made it their mission to optimise each component of the ...

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