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'Mids' describes the mid-range spectrum of frequency response and ranges from 250Hz up to 2.5KHZ.
Most musical instruments and vocals have their fundamental tones and lower harmonics in the mid-range. Therefore, the bulk of audio you hear in music lies within this spectrum - think warm notes, spoken words, string instruments and vocals.
For mid-range performance, we measure the low-mid, mid, and high-mid frequency response, then use these values to test for the standard error of the mid-range reproduction.
When it matters
The mid-range is important for most music genres. It covers the bulk of frequencies heard, including a wide array of instruments, vocals and spoken words. This makes mids not only important in music but in movies and audiobooks too. Headphones with great mid-range performance reproduce the mid-range spectrum of audio as it was arranged.
An over-hyped mid-range profile will cause the vocals and instruments in some tracks to overpower the bass and highs. This works for spoken word and audiobooks but may cause music to sound nasally and a little unexciting. Inversely, an under-hyped mid-range profile will cause audio to sound muddy, with a decrease in clarity of instruments and vocals, which are present in almost all genres.
However, personal taste and listening habits are important in your selection, as different mid-range profiles suit different listeners.
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