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"Estéreo" is an adjective which is often translated as "stereo", and "grabador" is a noun which is often translated as "recorder". Learn more about the difference between "estéreo" and "grabador" below.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (stereophonic)
a. stereo
Compré unos parlantes estéreo más grandes para mi computadora.I bought larger stereo speakers for my computer.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (electronics)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. stereo
Un ladrón rompió el vidrio y me robó el estéreo del carro.A thief broke the window and stole the stereo from my car.
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el grabador, la grabadora(
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
1. (recording device)
a. recorder
El equipo de música incluye un grabador de CD.The stereo system includes a CD recorder.
b. voice recorder
El periodista graba todas sus entrevistas con una pequeña grabadora digital.The journalist records all his interviews with a small digital voice recorder.
c. tape recorder (on magnetic tape)
Mi madre tiene montones de cintas grabadas de la radio con su vieja grabadora.My mom has lots of radio tapes she made with her old tape recorder.
2. (profession)
a. engraver
Goya fue un pintor genial y un magnífico grabador.Goya was a brilliant painter and an excellent engraver.
Mi esposa es grabadora profesional.Mi wife is a professional engraver.
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