What is the difference between "acoustic" and "audio"?
When I think of the class of data in the binary computer file, I don't know the difference. One of my coworkers asserts that it is acoustic and not audio. I treat it as data. It is non-musical data.
I'm guessing that my coworker understand acoustic to imply a more technical measurement, while audio is more about humans doing the listening.
When I look at Merriam-Webster, the definitions suggest that audio is more appropriate than acoustic, acoustic relating to qualitative and audio relating to measurement.
Form of the answer:
- A comment is good, but not an answer. It should be an actual answer.
- It can state the difference, but should have some (hopefully authoritative) reference/s indicating difference.
- A good dictionary or encyclopedia would qualify, but I don't know that such a source for this particular problem exists.
- The reference can be a credible authors work, not exclusively a dictionary or encyclopedia. If Asimov or IEEE has a definition here, that would count.
Where I have looked so far:
- Differences between "audio" and "sound"?