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  • Should MONO recordings be listened through only one speaker?

    This question was raised in another forum and the opinions varied greatly. As such, I thought I'd seek out opinion from the membership here.
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    Throwing a mono switch works. Listening in stereo works since you still get a mono image.

    But sonically, the biggest thing is the difference in cartridges. So if you have enough albums to justify it, use a stereo and mono cartridge. Know a few people here have both.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Johnny Vinyl View Post
      This question was raised in another forum and the opinions varied greatly. As such, I thought I'd seek out opinion from the membership here.

      You are supposed to listen to mono with only one ear, not one speaker. If you listen to mono with two ears, you are hearing mono in stereo so it really doesn't matter if you are hearing mono from one speaker or two. The preferred method for listening to mono is to put an ear plug into one of your ears and then turn your head sideways with your one good ear facing the speaker(s). Now you will hear mono in all of its full glory.

      Next question please.
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        One of my ears is positioned slightly lower on my head so I will take some measurements of both and match ear/tweeter height. Thanks Mark...you're always very insightful!

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      Originally posted by mep View Post


      You are supposed to listen to mono with only one ear, not one speaker. If you listen to mono with two ears, you are hearing mono in stereo so it really doesn't matter if you are hearing mono from one speaker or two. The preferred method for listening to mono is to put an ear plug into one of your ears and then turn your head sideways with your one good ear facing the speaker(s). Now you will hear mono in all of its full glory.

      Next question please.

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