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Old 2nd May 2010, 09:56 AM   #1
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Default Do people listen to monophonic sound?

Sorry if this is a dumb question or allready asked question, but there are alot of mono audio tube amps out there as well as transistorised ones too; do people still sit back and enjoy listening to their music though a mono only amp they made? I'm making a mono mag-amp, am I just weird for considering leaving it mono and enjoying it as it is, then later on build a completly new stereo version of the prototyped one??

I saw the "Einstein Amp" he was aparently a music fan, you'd think he would have listened to stereo, but it was a mono amp. Is mono DEAD or do people still use it?
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Old 2nd May 2010, 10:45 AM   #2
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I am in the study with the door open typing this and in the background is Radio Forth transmitted in FM Stereo. But I am listening in some version of multi-reflected mono.
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Old 2nd May 2010, 10:58 AM   #3
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They are monoblocks, i.e. you buy two for stereo. This gives you best possible channel separation.
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...yes, and some of them deliberately choose recording monophonically every now and then:

For blues afficionados e.g.:
Kim Wilson -- My Blues (1997) Blue Collar Music BCM 7107
Kim Wilson -- Lookin' For Trouble! (2003) MC-Records MC-0049

And there are still a lot of well-made monophonic reissues of older recordings around.

Enjoy

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Old 2nd May 2010, 02:06 PM   #5
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There is a small but active cult of monophonists. I'm not one, so can't get you in, but searching around the web should find you plenty of stuff.

Tons of old 78 rpm recordings all the way up thru the 60s (Beatles reissues in mono) and the above mentioned stuff. You don't have to have stereo to enjoy the music.
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Old 2nd May 2010, 03:00 PM   #6
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There is a small but active cult of monophonists. I'm not one, so can't get you in, but searching around the web should find you plenty of stuff.

Tons of old 78 rpm recordings all the way up thru the 60s (Beatles reissues in mono) and the above mentioned stuff. You don't have to have stereo to enjoy the music.
I was just thinking of the "Beatles in Mono" release. I like stereo sound.
Mono is livable.
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Old 2nd May 2010, 05:20 PM   #7
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I don't care if it's mono or stereo as long as I like the music. Heck, it doesn't even have to be high fidelity. Much of what I like was recorded before WW II and of course it's all mono. I have hundreds of 78 rpm records and a turntable dedicated to them.

I still listen to the old live jazz reel tapes I made on my lovely Ampex 400A which still works great, although I am considering downsizing and transferring them to CD. It's a big machine.
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I don't care if it's mono or stereo as long as I like the music. Heck, it doesn't even have to be high fidelity. Much of what I like was recorded before WW II and of course it's all mono. I have hundreds of 78 rpm records and a turntable dedicated to them.

I still listen to the old live jazz reel tapes I made on my lovely Ampex 400A which still works great, although I am considering downsizing and transferring them to CD. It's a big machine.
That tape deck model is pretty cool!
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Yeah it's a great performer but I think it's time to consider getting rid of it. I haven't seriously used it in many years. Before I let it go I want to transcribe a few recordings but otherwise I have no intention of making new ones.
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On everything before St. Pepper, the mono mixes are much better.

I used to really enjoy 78s, too. Had a lot of tango records. All long gone. Man, you used to be able to find 100s of cheap 78s in the flea markets. Not any more....
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