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Jargon of HiFi (AMA)



Oct 15, 2018
Nagpur & Indore
Earlier as a new joinee, I used to get confused whenever comes across words like ported, sealed, BS, FS etc. Though all senior FMs are very helpful in guiding newbees, I used to hesitate to ask 'what it means' again and again. Then thought it would be nice and selfhelpful for new members if we can compile and add up this info at one place as basics.
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Oct 15, 2018
Nagpur & Indore
Abbreviations / Acronyms

ACAlternating Current

ANSIAmerican National Standards Institute
AWGAmerican Wire Gauge
AWMAppliance Wiring Material
BCBare Copper
BNCThe BNC (Bayonet Neill Concelman) connector is a very common type of RF connector used for terminating coaxial cable.
CCapacitance or degrees Celsius
CATVCommunity Antenna Television - Article 820 of the National Electrical Code
CCSCopper Clad Steel
CCTVClosed Circuit Television
CECCanadian Electrical Code
CL2Class 2 Circuits - Article 725 of the National Electrical Code
CL3Class 3 Circuits - Article 725 of the National Electrical Code
CMCommunication Cables - Article 800 of the National Electrical Code
CMACircular Mil Area
CMPCommunications Cable Plenum, NEC Article 800
CMRCommunications Cable Riser, NEC Article 800
CSACanadian Standards Association
DCDirect Current
DVIThe Digital Visual Interface (DVI) is a video interface standard designed to maximize the visual quality of digital display devices such as flat panel LCD computer displays and digital projectors
EIAElectronics Industry Alliance
ERNEC Code for UL compliance for Exposed Run or Open Wiring
ETPElectrolytic Tough Pitch - The standard electrical grade of copper wire.
FFarad - The standard unit measure for capacitance.
FEPFluorinated Ethylene-Propylene - A DuPont plastic compound in the Teflon family.
FFEPFoamed Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene

FPEFoamed Polyethylene
FPLPower-Limited Fire Alarm Circuits - Article 760 of the National Electrical Code
FRPE Flame Resistant Polyethylene
FT4The Canadian Standards Association’s designation for their vertical flame test.
GGiga or 1,000,000,000
GHzGigahertz - One billion cycles per second.
HDMIHigh-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a compact audio/video standard for transmitting uncompressed digital data.
HzHertz - One cycle per second.IA symbol used to designate electrical current.
ICEAInsulated Cable Engineers Association
IEEEInstitute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
KKilo or 1,000
KHzKilohertz - One thousand cycles per second.
LA symbol used to designate electrical inductance.
MMega or 1,000,000
MHzMegahertz - One million cycles per second.
MTWMachine Tool Wire
NCVNon-contaminating polyvinyl chloride
NECNational Electrical Code - Published by the National Fire Protection Association
NEMANational Electrical Manufacturer's Association
NFPANational Fire Protection Association
NFPANational Fire Protection Association
OFCOxygen Free Copper - Copper that is at least 99.99% pure.
pPico or .000000000001
PfPicofarad - One billionth of a Farad
PLTCPower Limited Tray Cable - Article 725 of the National Electrical Code
PVCPolyvinyl Chloride
RCAAn RCA jack, also referred to as a phono connector or Cinch connector.
RGRadio Guide - The military designation for coaxial type cables.
SCSilver Clad
TCTin Clad
TIATelecommunications Infrastructure???
TPEThermoplastic Elastomer
TPRThermoplastic Rubber
ULUnderwriters Laboratories - An independent non-profit testing laboratory
XLPECross-linked Polyethylene

(Source: www.vpi.us)