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[mass noun] A digital system used in British television to provide video signals with high-quality stereo sound.[as modifier] ‘a Nicam stereo TV’
- ‘I have a number of friends who rush out to buy the latest tweaks to existing technology, such as upgrading their TV from mono to Nicam stereo, then widescreen, followed by a quick change to a digital widescreen flat screen!’
- ‘Pictures are usually small and jerky and sound nowhere near Nicam stereo quality.’
- ‘To have a concert in your front room was more impressive than having widescreen digital TV with Nicam stereo sound.’
- ‘Some models will come with their own speakers, allowing you to listen to your favourite programs, in Nicam stereo.’
- ‘And if she doubted what she was hearing then the people all around them with their widescreen TV's and Nicam surround sound probably dismissed the racket too.’
1980s: acronym from near instantaneously companded audio multiplex.
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