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surface noise

noun, Audio.
extraneous noise caused by physical wear or a physical flaw on a phonograph record or in a pickup system, rather than by a flaw in the equipment.
Origin of surface noise
1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for surface noise
  • The only complaint is that the recording is marred with surface noise.
  • They are usually installed in boreholes where surface noise is greatly reduced.
  • surface noise, clicks and pops, and distortion are inherent in the original discs.
  • Some surface noise may be apparent on the recordings, and files may start or end abruptly, as on the original recordings.
  • It is therefore not surprising that they contain a high level of scratchy surface noise.
  • In this case, the system did not detect any signs of life due to surface noise from drilling and other activities.
British Dictionary definitions for surface noise

surface noise

noise produced by the friction of the needle or stylus of a record player with the rotating record, caused by a static charge, dust, or irregularities on the surface of a record
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