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    As I recall, the original self-titled Bob Dylan album in stereo has Bob's voice out one speaker and his guitar out the other speaker. Weird! Get the mono set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    As I recall, the original self-titled Bob Dylan album in stereo has Bob's voice out one speaker and his guitar out the other speaker. Weird! Get the mono set.
    I think that's true for the early Beatles albums. Voices in one channel, instruments in the other.

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    I remember reading that the Beatles always "proofed" their recordings using the mono version, and never felt the stereo versions were important. Believe that was true all the way through Revolver.


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    The Beatles focused on the mono mix all the way up to Sgt Pepper. That's because their audience didn't have stereos, and AM radio airplay and 45rpm singles were the primary market. I remember my sister (who was a Beatlemaniac) had a suitcase record player with a flip over needle. She didn't have a stereo record player until the Beatles broke up. My brother had one from about the White Album on.

    The Rolling Stones also had quite different mixes for mono compared to stereo up until Satanic Majesty's / Beggar's Banquet. The mono Hot Rocks albums used to have the singles versions, not the album versions of the songs.

    It wasn't anything better about mono over stereo. It was just that the medium of stereo sound was still new.
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    I like the mono version of "Day Tripper" better than the stereo. It just sounds punchier. Also, I like the "Velvet Underground & Nico" better in mono.
    There is a stereo and mono version of the Stones' "Satisfaction." I like this one in stereo.

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    Anybody ever notice the tape drop-outs on the stereo version of Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin?"? In this case, I think the mono version actually replaced the stereo version. Anybody got info on this?


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    The mono era existed in the universe all the way up to about 1967! It was considered standard until then to have the most popular albums released in both mono and stereo. Few people had stereos in the Beatles' era? It would perhaps be far more accurate to say that not everyone had stereos but there were many who did... after all, stereo recordings and the means to play them came into being starting in 1957! But it's also true that the stereo and mono mixes could be dramatically different, such as with some of the Beatles recordings. The art of stereo mixes slowly developed from the beginning when certain instruments would only be heard in one channel or the other with no sense of crossfeed between them. The isolation of those instruments could sound unnatural or artificial at home, and that tendency was later corrected in the recording process to at least give more of the impression that the instruments were in the same room when they were being recorded, even if they weren't. So IMO, the unsatisfying results of that nature can be a reason why some listeners still prefer the mono recordings.
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    The mono era brings certainly a nostalgy to us.

    Personally I prefer the multi channel sound (up to 7.1) with (sometimes) music filters applied for best acoustic result. A DTS, for example, applied to an old symphony recording helps the situation (AVR choice). Otherwise I have to switch to a more classic solution (R, L speakers) with an integrated amplifier. Very important are in both cases the speakers. You must invest to good ones, suitable for classical music. Otherwise you have, with the AVR setup at least, a home cinema sound, which will be unacceptable for classical music. The conclusion is: You can listen any music in normal speakers but not classical. We invest to a classical speaker (equally which amplification we have) and we can enjoy the whole musical spectrum.
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