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audio

1. of or relating to sound or hearing
2. relating to or employed in the transmission, reception, or reproduction of sound
3. of, concerned with, or operating at audio frequencies

audio

[′ȯd·ē·ō]
(acoustics)
Of or pertaining to sound in the range of frequencies considered audible at reasonable listening intensities to the average young adult listener, approximately 15 to 20,000 hertz.
Pertaining to equipment for the recording, transmission, reproduction, or amplification of such sound.

audio

(file format)
Sound, one component of multimedia. Computers (and audio compact discs and digital audio tape) work with digital audio, in contrast to vinyl disks or analogue tape.

audio

The range of frequencies within human hearing, which is approximately 20Hz at the low end to a high of 20,000Hz. However, pundits claim that some people can hear higher frequencies.

Analog
Traditional audio devices are analog, because they handle sound waves in an analogous form. For example, radios maintain the audio signal as rippling waves from antenna to speaker. Tape cassette players record sound waves as magnetic waves. In the days of the phonograph record, sound waves were literally "carved" into the plastic platters.

Digital
In the computer, audio is processed by converting the analog signal into a digital code using PCM. See A/D converter, PCM and sampling.
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