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GLOSSARY MAINPAGE

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BANANA PLUG - A type of plug used to connect speaker cables to amplifiers and speakers. Recently abandoned due to European legislation because they are a similar size to electric power outlets in some European countries.  
BASS - Low frequency sound produced by a sub-woofer and by the large bass drivers found on other speakers.  
BINDING POST - A type of terminal found on the back of amplifiers and processors for connecting speaker cables. They allow connection of large bare wire cables and usually have a socket for banana plugs. The preferred connection method of most home cinema and hi-fi enthusiasts.  
BIT - A single piece of digital information that can be either 'on' or 'off'. Digital information is stored on DVD, CD etc. as a series of on/off signals, known as 'bits'.  
BIT RATE - The amount of digital bits being read, written or transferred between digital components during a given time period. A high bit rate means a lot of information is being processed. On DVD video, for example, a high bit rate would mean that a lot of movement would be displayed on the screen, and possibly a lot of audio information, also.  
BITSTREAM - Found in DAC's, this is a method of processing digital data and converting it into an Analogue signal. Bitstream processes single Bits of information rapidly one after another to create a smooth flowing audio signal.  
BI-WIRING - The process of using two runs of speaker cable from the amplifier to each speaker to separate high and low frequency signals. Each speaker must have two sets of inputs for Bi-wiring to be possible.  
BOOM - Unwanted Bass sounds that are too loud, or overpowering or out of step with the original sound, often created disturbing vibration in speaker cabinets or even furniture within the listening room.