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Mono vs. Stereo
16 February 2013
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My go-to will always be the stereo mixes, especially the 2009 masters.  I save the mono mixes for those times I *really* want to sit down and pay attention to the fine details.  Revolver, Sgt. Pepper and The White Album are all essential mono experiences.

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17 February 2013
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That's funny you should say that – I would think the stereo was more ideallly suited for the fine details, and the mono for the totality. As far as singling out individual instrumental contributions, I find it much easier if I can concentrate on them if they're isolated and concentrated primarily in a single stereo channel.

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17 February 2013
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I would only listen to stereo if the sounds come from loud speakers, if not I would always go to mono. Stereo would necessarily bring the fine details but not on all of the tracks wherein mono is more detail. Just my opinion.

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19 February 2013
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Stereo, usually, considering I like the effect of sound coming out of different speakers and panning across the speakers. But my opinion isn't worth much; I don't know much about technical recording stuff.

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20 February 2013
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I'm of the opinion that whatever your ears tell you is best…is best.

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22 February 2013
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Agreed. For me, however, the reason I like the mono mixes is that they sound more natural and integrated…especially on the stuf from Rubber Soul onward, many of the overdubs stick out like a sore thumb on top of the whole mix in the stereo versions (like Paul's great bassline in Hey Bulldog, the piano solo on In My Life, etc) whereas in the mono mixes they sound more like they were recorded all together with the rest of the songs and sound more "real" (if that makes sense?).

Plus, on the earlier albums, it's my opinion that the mono mixes have better vocal mixing and the bass and drums have more "punch." That's not even taking into account the longer fade-outs and the extra goodies/effects on the mono that are lacking in the stereo. The only thing I miss from the stereo is the extra minute at the end of Helter Skelter.

Again, these are just my opinions…to each his own! :-D

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