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Old 26th January 2014, 05:45 PM   #1
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I was looking at an audio frequency chart for music/voice and it said that too much boost in the 500HZ - 1kHZ range could cause "honking. What exactly is meant by "honking"?
I never heard that term before applied to audio.

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Old 27th January 2014, 03:17 PM   #2
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I have again search the net and found this term used often with no explanation on what it means.

Terms like "tinny" and "boomiing" are self explanatory.....they have been used forever..... but "honk/honking"?
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Old 27th January 2014, 03:21 PM   #3
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Honking.

OK its when the power amp runs out of current to drive the bass frequencies.
It sounds like a whoopie cushion...or similar to the sound of a ripped cone on a speaker.

https://www.google.co.uk/#q=whoopie+...38105615326429

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Old 27th January 2014, 08:22 PM   #4
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Isn't 500 -1000hz in the mid range"... not "bass frequencies?
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Old 27th January 2014, 08:35 PM   #5
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Midrange 'honk' mainly applies to electric guitars.
I've also heard the term used in broadcasting to describe the sound of a particular radio station when they boost the 2-3kHz midrange a bit too much. It causes the station to sound louder but it's very annoying.
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Old 27th January 2014, 08:51 PM   #6
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Hi,

Typical speaker colourations need adjectives and terms like
"tinny" and "booming" are not self explanatory unless the
speakers are hopelessly inaccurate.

However "honking" is not very obscure. You honk a horn.

Honk refers to the clear midrange emphasis of such
devices, and the sort of sound you get just using
voice with a simple acoustic megaphone.

rgds, sreten.

Like most ad-hoc terminology, not all agree on its use.
However I'd never use it to describe 3KHz presence
boost or the even higher typical boost of guitars.
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Old 27th January 2014, 08:55 PM   #7
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Beautifully said, sreten! Thank you.
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Old 27th January 2014, 11:38 PM   #8
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Honk refers to the clear midrange emphasis of such
devices, and the sort of sound you get just using
voice with a simple acoustic megaphone.
OK...... now I get it.
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