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    I just discovered that I used to put my cell phone headphones the wrong way. I put the right one in the left ear and the left in the right ear. I don't know why, but I was convinced that I was putting them right way, but today I discovered that it wasn't the case.

    Does it really matter if you put headphones correctly or not?

    Is it really wrong if you accidentally reverse sides?
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    It seems that I am not the only one with this problem

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    And I must add that I was really pissed when I realized that I listened to the music for such a long time in wrong way.

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    I always look at any earphone or headphone before putting them on. To hear the string section on the right would about freak me out.
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    Now I will have to get used to strings being on the LEFT side.

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    I mean I am really interested in this - does it REALLY matter on which side are strings? Does it have effect on the way we remember pieces (maybe what we hear with right ear will be remembered in left hemisphere of the brain and vice versa) ? Does it have effect on emotional impact of music? When we switch headphones does it seem unnatural just because we are USED TO listening to music one way, or it is FUNDAMENTALLY wrong for some reason to hear strings on the right side for example. Could it be that all that I have listened in wrong way is almost as if I haven't listened to it at all?

    Or maybe I am just worrying for no reason?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whistlerguy View Post
    I mean I am really interested in this - does it REALLY matter on which side are strings? Does it have effect on the way we remember pieces (maybe what we hear with right ear will be remembered in left hemisphere of the brain and vice versa) ? Does it have effect on emotional impact of music? When we switch headphones does it seem unnatural just because we are USED TO listening to music one way, or it is FUNDAMENTALLY wrong for some reason to hear strings on the right side for example. Could it be that all that I have listened in wrong way is almost as if I haven't listened to it at all?

    Or maybe I am just worrying for no reason?
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    It just swaps the stereo around. Music isn't always mixed the same way, sometimes its done from a crowd perspective, sometimes a performer perspective, sometimes completely disregarding the stage and mixed in an experimental fashion.

    It doesn't make a huge difference unless a lot of the sound is hard-panned left or right. because of the nature of the 'phantom centre' of a speaker, most of the sound comes from the middle. On speakers, it doesn't make that big a difference because the sound reaches both of your ears, but with headphones you can hear with better isolation, what is panned in each channel.

    Sometimes I swap them around just to see if I hear something new.

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    Mine are in-ear phones & the 'left' & 'right' letters are tiny so I've tied some red cotton on the right cable.
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    It doesn't matter. You won't hear one part of the music in one ear, and another part in the other, it doesn't work like that. Not with my headphones anyway, nothing happens.

    I bet the only reason there's a R and L on each side of the headphone is to satisfy OCD people, and it might be more comfortable the right way if they aren't a symmetrical shape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huilunsoittaja View Post
    It doesn't matter. You won't hear one part of the music in one ear, and another part in the other, it doesn't work like that. Not with my headphones anyway, nothing happens.

    I bet the only reason there's a R and L on each side of the headphone is to satisfy OCD people, and it might be more comfortable the right way if they aren't a symmetrical shape.
    You're listening in mono.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huilunsoittaja View Post
    It doesn't matter. You won't hear one part of the music in one ear, and another part in the other, it doesn't work like that. Not with my headphones anyway, nothing happens.

    I bet the only reason there's a R and L on each side of the headphone is to satisfy OCD people, and it might be more comfortable the right way if they aren't a symmetrical shape.

    Actually, yeah it does work like that.

    Do you listen to only mono? You've never heard anything where one instrument was panned to the left or right...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David58117 View Post
    Actually, yeah it does work like that.

    Do you listen to only mono? You've never heard anything where one instrument was panned to the left or right...?
    Nope. But I'm just fine with it. My headphones are great, so the bass is very strong.

    But if they are mono, why do they still have L and R on them?
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    Before I didn't pay attention. But now I know that strings should be on the left. However I am still used to listening to it in reverse. I'll have to get used to listening it "the right way"

    Maybe I have a little OCD too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huilunsoittaja View Post
    Nope. But I'm just fine with it. My headphones are great, so the bass is very strong.

    But if they are mono, why do they still have L and R on them?
    What headphones do you have?

    If you're hearing the same out of both earcups, then yes - you're listening in mono!

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