In any industry manufacturing many products that can be integrasted for use, minimum standards are needed so that the ultimate consumer can have some basic assurance of satisfactory results. The average purchaser of high-fidelity components has little technical knowledge to aid him in comparing the specifications of various components and procuring a compatible high-fidelity system. If certain features of the various parts that make up a complete system were standardized, the consumer could select these parts on their actual performance with the full knowledge that the resulting system would be basically compatible. The discussion will not attempt to cover every characteristic of a high-fidelity system, nor will it discuss standard methods of testing. However, shortcomings in existing terminology and methods of rating of performance of various components will be considered in the hope that the manufacturers and engineering groups will prepare and promulgate uniform and acceptable standards for the audio industry.
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