Monday July 18, 2016

Is Stereo Sound Twice As Good As Mono?

Do any of you actually prefer the mono mix of certain recordings? I sure don’t, since single channel typically means an experience totally devoid of depth and realism. But alas, there are apparently some out there who prefer single-channel listening.

آ…some audiophiles go out of their way to collect old mono LPs, which they prefer over stereo LPs of the same album. Most monophiles are jazz lovers, but there are legions of Beatles fans who much prefer the mono mixes of their albums. For the true believers among them the mono "Sgt. Pepper's" is the Holy Grail! They claim in the 1960s few UK Beatles fans owned stereo systems, so the Beatles focused most of their attention on mono mixes. I believe that's true, but I always heard the stereo LPs, and the monos seem drab and boring to me.

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