: the production or reproduction of audio characterized by an unpolished or rough sound quality
lo-fi adjective

Examples of lo-fi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, the bootstrapped, lo-fi documentary was a smash hit, grossing more than $22 million on a $65,000 budget. Brian Gallagher, New York Times, 12 May 2024 Most noise bands are proudly lo-fi by necessity or by choice, but the Jesus Lizard’s albums with Albini made the argument that David Yow’s scream and Mac McNeilly’s kick drum deserved to be captured in crystal clear detail, like the individual gears of a giant machine. Al Shipley, SPIN, 9 May 2024 Despite Dirty producer Butch Vig returning to work on the album, Experimental Jet Set presented a move away from bombastic post-grunge to something more minimalist and lo-fi. Al Shipley, SPIN, 21 Apr. 2024 Nicki also performed a set of six songs in a new semi-acoustic, lo-fi format with the singer backed by a keyboard, drums and guitar, highlighting vocals that have become sultrier and broader ranging. Leila Cobo, Billboard, 20 Mar. 2024 The album’s lo-fi confessionals delve into heartbreak and childhood to tell the story of a life, pared back like field recordings retrieved from some ancient nomad dwelling. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 19 Mar. 2024 The lo-fi video approach to these interviews, which lack finesse and careful lighting setups, not only imbues with a sense of danger and immediacy, but draws the eye to digital artifacts. Siddhant Adlakha, Variety, 16 Feb. 2024 Thanking You with all their post lo-fi Virgin records money and ragged glory in the mid-90s, before shoving your expectations down the toilet bowl, with career highlight and misunderstood masterpiece Sweet Sixteen in 1997. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 8 Feb. 2024 The tone is generally conversational, irreverent and even sassy, while leaning into the lo-fi confessional style embraced by many younger people on social media that puts a premium on authenticity and even vulnerability. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 5 Feb. 2024

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Word History


low fidelity

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lo-fi was in 1957

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“Lo-fi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lo-fi. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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