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What is Detail? edit

What does it mean when people talk about a sound having a lot of detail? Or having not very much detail?
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Michael Davis, I work here
In its most innocuous sense, detail means the same thing as high resolution.

In it sometimes (often?) pejorative sense, it means exaggerated leading edges of the major midrange notes that highlights them compared to other notes and other frequencies - calling attention to notes in the midrange in an unnatural way.

In another commonly used manner, many people refer to a apparently more dynamic than average midrange as having more detail than average.

As you can see, when people talk about 'detail', it is really unclear what they are talking about.

Less detailed sound is almost always referring to less resolution, and is also called 'soft', 'smooth' or 'muddy'.

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