Those are terms I found in descriptions of wine and high fidelity sound, respectively. Descriptors like that have always made me wonder: Do they name anything objective? Do wine experts agree on whether or not a particular wine exhibits an ‘energetic, stony character’? Do audiophiles agree on what a ‘chocolatey mid-range’ sounds like?
Some of these terms are plausible. I can very well imagine a wine having ‘earthy tones’, and ‘tinny’ music is something we can all recognize. But what about the more esoteric descriptors? Which ones are authentic? Are they objective or just subjective? How many are just the inventions of pretentious poseurs?
I’ve heard of experiments where the labels are swapped between bottles of cheap and expensive wines, causing the tasters to praise the cheap wine and criticize the expensive one. I also remember a story about audiophiles being unable to tell the difference between sound carried over deluxe, super expensive cables vs a “cable” made of wire coat hangers soldered together. On the other hand, some wines are definitely and objectively worse than others, and you can certainly tell that speakers make a huge difference in the quality of the sound delivered.
I thought it would be interesting to have a thread to discuss this. Wine lovers and audiophiles, please weigh in! I’ll also do some research and post what I find in the comments.